Understanding social exclusion: the views of the UK public

Eldin Fahmy, Eileen Sutton, Simon Pemberton

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Despite considerable policy interest, how the public understand and respond to the concept of social exclusion is not well understood within academic social research. Involving the public in such debates is important in establishing the political acceptability of social scientific concepts and in ensuring that operational definitions and measures faithfully reflect lived experiences. This paper draws on qualitative development work preparatory to the 2012 UK Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey in examining public understandings of what it means to experience social exclusion in the UK today. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility and desirability of including the public in policy debates in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-458
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Issue number3
Early online date21 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • mulitdimensional disadvantage
  • social exclusion
  • social policy

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