Talking Shop 7: Exclusion in Social Movements?

Monday 8 August, 7pm in Seomra Spraoi

Social exclusion relates to the alienation or disenfranchisement of certain people within a society. It is often connected to a person’s social class, educational status, relationships in childhood and living standards and how these might affect access to various opportunities. It also applies to some degree to people with a disability, to minority men and women of all races, of all sexual orientations and gender identities (the LGBT community), to the elderly, and to youth. Anyone who deviates in any perceived way from the norm of a population may become subject to coarse or subtle forms of social exclusion. Additionally, communities may self-exclude by removing themselves physically from the larger community.

Social movements and social centres often make an explicit attempt to diminish all forms of social exclusion through, for example, the use of policies and the adoption of participative, empowering forms of organisation and descision making. However, in reality it can be extremely difficult to be truly socially inclusive.

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