Individual choice and social exclusion
Why is social exclusion a problem? What about ‘voluntary’ social exclusion – when an individual chooses to exclude him or herself from the wider society? Brain Barry has addressed these questions in a recent CASE book, arguing that social exclusion, voluntary or involuntary, offends against social justice and social solidarity. This paper contends that Barry’s arguments are weak for voluntary social exclusion and argues that, perhaps surprisingly, a better case can be made for treating voluntary social exclusion as a problem on welfarist grounds.
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- Julian Le Grand & Liz Richardson, 2002. "Outsider and Insider Expertise: The response of residents of deprived neighbourhoods to an academic definition of social exclusion," CASE Papers case57, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
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