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    Discourses of social exclusion: an analysis of bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal

    Watt, Paul and Jacobs, K. (2000) Discourses of social exclusion: an analysis of bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal. Housing, Theory and Society 17 (1), pp. 14-26. ISSN 1403-6096.

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    Abstract

    This paper provides a discursive analysis of the UK Government's Social Exclusion Unit report Bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal (SEU, 1998a). The methodology makes use of the three-fold categorization of discourses of social exclusion developed by Levitas (1998) with reference to contemporary British politics and social policy. This framework is used to interpret the ideological and political significance of the Social Exclusion Unit's report. Our aim is to show how certain terms and key arguments within the document legitimize activity and structure the parameters of policy intervention. Particular emphasis is given to how ?poor neighbourhoods? and ?housing problems? are represented within the report in relation to the three discourses of social exclusion. We suggest that despite the report's claims to novelty with regard to policies on urban regeneration, there are considerable areas of overlap with previous area-based approaches to tackling ?social exclusion?

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centre: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 15:12
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:38
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16723

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