Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being
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Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being

Edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio

The past decade has been characterized by a burgeoning interest in new concepts of individual and social well-being. The impetus for this new research has stemmed from increased demand from policy makers and civil society for measures of progress that go beyond the traditional measures of GDP, as well as improved datasets allowing individuals and households to be tracked over their life course. The aim of this Handbook is to chart these developments and provide extensive surveys of many of the recent themes that have emerged in the research literature. Some of the topics addressed include poverty. relative deprivation and satisfaction, economic insecurity, social exclusion and inequality, income and social polarization, and social fractionalization and diversity. Each topic is first analyzed from a theoretical perspective, followed by detailed empirical discussion.
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Chapter 7: Social exclusion: theoretical approaches

Luna Bellani and Alessio Fusco

Abstract

This chapter reviews the theoretical approaches to social exclusion, which is a concept referring to a state of multidimensional disadvantage but also to the process through which an individual progressively becomes marginalized in a society. After explaining the context in which this concept emerged in the European Union, the sociological approaches are explained, followed by the axiomatic approach drawn from economics. Finally, the authors conclude by providing a comparison of the concept of social exclusion with that of income poverty.

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