“The Politics of Social Inclusion: Bridging Knowledge and Politics Towards Social Change” was published in April 2020 and provides extensive case studies from across the world to critically examine the concepts and processes of social exclusion and social inclusion. In this policy brief, the editors provide an overview of the key findings and recommendations of the book.
A collaboration between UNESCO and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), “The Politics of Social Inclusion” traces a number of discourses, all of them routed in a relational power analysis, examining them in the context of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 with its commitment to “leave no one behind.” The book combines analysis that is fundamentally critical of the rhetoric of social inclusion in academic and UN discourse with narratives of social exclusion processes and social inclusion contestation, based on ethnographic field research findings in La Paz, Kingston, Port-au-Prince, Kampala, Beijing, Chongqing, Mumbai, Delhi, and villages in Northern India. As a result, it contributes to revealing the politics of social inclusion, offering policy proposals towards overcoming exclusions.
You can watch the editors speak about the volume in an interview with the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).