oa Journal of Education - Childhood poverty and social exclusion in England and South Africa

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-479X



Social exclusion has become a significant policy theme in most �developed� countries and in many �developing� countries as well. England and South Africa are no exceptions. Following a brief review of some perspectives on social exclusion, this paper descriptionbes some key policies in England and South Africa designed to combat social exclusion. The notion of social exclusion is examined in the context of addressing childhood poverty. It considers the extent to which these policies conform to a broad or narrow notion of social inclusion. The paper highlights some contradictions, complexities and ambiguities in both policy contexts.

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