Social Exclusion in Rural Places

Authored by: Mark Shucksmith

Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804371
eBook ISBN: 9781315753041
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619864


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This chapter reviews conceptualisations of poverty, social exclusion and inequality and the ways in which these concepts have been applied in rural studies in different parts of the world, focusing especially on Europe and North America. The chapter begins with concepts of absolute and relative poverty and the ways in which these have been deployed in the global north, before reviewing the concept of social exclusion, now prominent in Europe. The chapter then goes on to consider the various ways in which these concepts have been applied in rural studies, and summarises some of the insights that have emerged, especially in relation to the processes underlying poverty, inequality and exclusion.

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