Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2004

Publication Source

Electronic Journal of Sociology

Volume

5

Issue

1

Place of Publication

Canada

ISBN/ISSN

11983655

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This article explores diverse cases of social exclusion across

time and space aiming to uncover its essential production

processes. Special attention is paid to the various ways in

which exclusion originates and how it becomes ingrained into

the structure of society. Cases of exclusion are drawn from the

U.S., Japan, China, India, and Jamaica. The study found that

social exclusion is a phenomenon, which derives primarily

from ethnocentric dispositions which express through a

variety of discursive and social practices aimed at keeping

certain groups relegated to the bottom of society. Also, that

some excluded communities are able to develop collective

identities and adversarial cultures that translate into

politicized identities. The article ends by pointing out to some

of the difficulties present in the social deconstruction of

exclusion

Keywords

Social exclusion, social practices, discursive, purity, pollution

Disciplines

Sociology

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Sociology Commons

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