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Constructions of Social Exclusion among Young People from Interface Areas of Northern Ireland

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Hargie, Owen, O'Donnell, Aodheen and McMullan, Christel (2011) Constructions of Social Exclusion among Young People from Interface Areas of Northern Ireland. Youth & Society, 43 (3). pp. 873-899. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0044118X10366950


The concept of social exclusion has attracted considerable interest and debate over the past 20 years. It is a multifaceted concept, which has been delineated in a variety of ways by different theorists. This article explores the main defining features of social exclusion, and proceeds to investigate the extent to which these are manifested in practice, in relation to the lived experiences of young people from deprived interface areas of Belfast. These young people are at the cutting edge of the divisions that have blighted Northern Irelandsociety. This qualitative study used interviews, firstly to ascertain the views of the young people themselves, and, secondly, to gauge the perceptions of community group leaders, training providers and employers who deal closely with them. Marked differences were found between the young people and the adult groups in relation to the social construction of exclusion and its impact on the young people.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:19726
Deposited By:Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:23 Aug 2011 09:17
Last Modified:23 Aug 2011 09:17

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