The Inclusive Society?

Social exclusion and new labour

  • Ruth┬áLevitas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ruth Levitas
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ruth Levitas
    Pages 7-28
  4. Ruth Levitas
    Pages 29-48
  5. Ruth Levitas
    Pages 49-69
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    Pages 70-88
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    Pages 89-111
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    Pages 112-127
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    Pages 128-158
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    Pages 159-177
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    Pages 178-189
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    Pages 190-234
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 235-277

About this book


The idea of social exclusion is part of the new political language. When Labour came into government in 1997, it launched the Social Exclusion Unit to pursue this central theme. But what exactly does social inclusion mean? This revised and updated edition of The Inclusive Society? identifies three competing meanings of the term in contemporary British Politics, emphasising poverty, employment and morality. Ruth Levitas argues that there has been a shift away from understanding social exclusion as primarily a problem of poverty, towards questions of social integration through paid work and moral regulation.


Integration politics poverty social justice

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth┬áLevitas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolEngland

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