Social inclusion and exclusion as a form of interaction in society: heuristic potential of sociological concepts


Most of publications that use social exclusion and social inclusionconcepts are confined to social andpolitical issues and are detached from existing sociological theories. The article overcomes this gap and definesheuristic potential of the social exclusion and social inclusion sociological concepts.

This advances in-depthsunderstanding of the mechanisms for social interaction and reproduction of social order, as well as helps toimprove the dominant approaches to these phenomena within the framework of relational deprivation whichcurrently dominate in internationaland Ukrainian social sciences. The article demonstrates that social exclusionand social inclusion are analyzed in sociological theories through the lens of forming non-equivalent relationshipsbetween social groups.

It is also found that there are differences in heuristic potential between concepts of socialexclusion and social inclusion as in the latter reproduction of social order is combined with the transformation ofgroup relations, changes in conditions of participation, social status of social agents and emergence of new fields,rules and institutions.

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