Texts on social inequality / exclusion suggestions?
October 19, 2011 7:28 AM   Subscribe

Textbooks or readers on social inequality / exclusion - especially with a global perspective?

I'm teaching a MA level course that will cover the concept of social exclusion for about a third of the course. I've never taught this concept before, although it is a secondary research interest of mine. My own course on this topic was from an international development perspective and didn't address the concept as completely I would like.

I'd love to have a textbook / reader that organizes thinking about the concept thematically rather than me pulling together tons of different readings.

In an initial search I've seen some texts that focus a lot on race issues within the U.S., others that focus on poverty in the UK, but very few that look at social inequality / exclusion from a variety of perspectives (poverty, education, disability, etc.) and especially those that also include global inequality issues.

Any suggestions?

I've googled for syllabi both in the U.S. and the UK (this concept is much more British than American). And since this is a secondary research interest for me, I'm not on listservs where I can ask for suggestions.
posted by k8t to Education (3 answers total)
Can you specify what field your new MA course falls into? Even if it's an interdisciplinary class, I think readers/ textbooks still tend towards fairly disciplinary perspectives. For example, there is a social psychology reader on stigma, but its perspective will differ a lot from, say, an anthropological set of articles on globalization and its effects. Meanwhile, this isn't a reader in any comprehensive way, but the collected articles in Global Woman (eds. Barbara Ehrenreich/Arlie Hochschild) have a lot you might find useful if you do wind up making your own course packet.
posted by Tylwyth Teg at 1:42 PM on October 19, 2011

This is a communication course, but this social exclusion framework would be pretty sociological.
posted by k8t at 5:25 PM on October 19, 2011

Have you tried searching with the terms "intersectionality" and "social exclusion"? Intersectionality is the term I'm familiar with (women's studies/gender studies background) to describe what you're talking about.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:35 PM on October 19, 2011

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