Australian Journal of Social Issues

A refereed scholarly journal publishing original contributions on Australian social issues and policy. Articles accepted for publication may be cross-disciplinary and may discuss specific social issues, review conceptual problems, present empirical report

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, February

A Critique of the Concept of Social Exclusion and Its Utility for Australian Social Housing Policy
Introduction This paper is based on the findings of a review undertaken for the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute (AHURI) that addresses the relevance of the concept of social exclusion for Australian social housing policy. The review...
Contested Housing Landscapes? Social Inclusion, Deinstitutionalisation and Housing Policy in Australia
Introduction Debates on housing and social exclusion have drawn attention to the ways in which housing processes can be understood as processes that either promote social inclusion or contribute to social exclusion (Marsh and Mullins 1998). Somerville...
Editorial
Social exclusion, along with its corollary social inclusion, has recently emerged as a key topic in Australian social policy. The term 'social exclusion' originates from Europe, where it was first used in France in the mid 1970s to refer to individuals...
Housing and the Social Exclusion Agenda in England
Introduction: The Rise of Social Exclusion Soon after its election in 1997 the current New Labour government in the UK (1) declared 'social exclusion' to be the principal social ill against which domestic policy was to be directed. Given the origins...
Reconceptualising Social Exclusion: A Critical Response to the Neoliberal Welfare Reform Agenda and the Underclass Thesis
Introduction The welfare reform agendas of western industrialised nations are underpinned by contentious assumptions about human behaviour. Socially excluded individuals are assumed to be either capable actors at risk of 'moral hazard' by the provision...
Social Inclusion and Place-Focused Initiatives in Western Sydney: A Review of Current Practice
Social Inclusion and Area-Based Policy The concentration of disadvantage in specific neighbourhoods and regions is a widespread characteristic of all advanced economies. In recent years, in the face of increased social polarisation and exclusion...