Social exclusion — a social phenomenon or a „red herring”?
Social exclusion is a concept, which has been popularized in social policy programs since the 1970s. In documents of the European Union, exclusion virtually eliminated the concept of poverty, although it is mainly defined through poverty. The definitions of social exclusion evolve towards adding more and more dimensions to the phenomenon. This article attempts to answer the question whether we are really dealing with a completely new social phenomenon or whether previously known phenomena, such as: poverty, social inequality, marginalisation or discrimination have evolved so that this new quality needed new nomenclature. The article deals with multidimensional definitions of social exclusion, the provenance of the concept in public debate, as well as the discourse’s directions and paradigms of social exclusion.