Social exclusion entails the rupturing of social, geo-political and economic access at individual, collective and structural levels. It is most adequately understood as a process that includes a range of cultural, political, legal and social dimensions that become mutually reinforcing and disengage a segment of the population from aspects vital to their access to, and quality of life.
However, social exclusion takes on different forms in different cultures, context and time. In some cases, social exclusion is primarily fuelled by deprivation of economic resources or political rights, whereas in other cases social or cultural norms constitute primary factors. Furthermore, processes of exclusion often intersect with other variables such as gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality or religion. The ways in which social exclusion affect people are therefore also complex constituting how people experience the world and themselves, and forming agencies. Implicit norms of policy driven aid-organizations and other geo-political structures creates, sustains and reproduce cases of exclusion. Economic, social and geo-political disadvantage creates both physical and nonphysical barriers whereas attitudes and stigma tend to become internalized impediments to inclusion.
Global social restructuring has contributed to social exclusion worldwide, and it has become a growing concern in international policy initiatives. The WHO report, Understanding and Tackling Social Exclusion, claims that the current condition requires broad research approaches to the phenomenon, and a recognition of the impact of social and cultural factors. The aim of this book is therefore to investigate the ambiguous and tangible relations between social exclusion, on the one hand, and religious, cultural and social processes, on the other. This aim is motivated also by #Agenda2030.
Contribution to this volume could explore but should not be limited to thematic area such as social exclusion, religion, culture, racism, gender, sexuality, ageism, boarders and barriers. We appreciate empirically grounded proposals.
You are welcome to submit a paper by the 14 of June and you will be informed about acceptance within two weeks. If your proposal is accepted you are expected to participate in a workshop in Jerusalem October 4-6 where you are expected to present an early draft for discussion. The workshop is held at the Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem. The book project has already been discussed with international publishers.
Submit your proposal here:
We expect to be able to fund participation in the workshop to a relevant extent. Accommodation and meals in Israel are provided by the organizer. Participants may further apply for a travel scholarship if their own university cannot cover travel expenses.
Prof. Peter Nynäs & Dr. Aminkeng A Alemanji, Åbo Akademi University (Finland)
pnynas(a)abo.fi / aalemanj(a)abo.fi
Professor, Department of Comparative Religion
Director, Centre of Excellence in Research Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG)