About the book
Social factors shape access to and utilization of resources and development. Many individuals and social groups face inequity in accessing rights and resources critical to human development as a result of experiences of marginalization, exclusion or discrimination. Exclusion limits participation in social, cultural, economic and political activities which threaten health and well-being, precipitating poverty, social dysfunction, and under-development. This book will share global perspectives on the subject, exploring social determinants of health, including theoretical discourse; social inequalities and implications for health and development; social protection, social policies and interventions; an examination of vulnerable groups, including elderly, disabled, and urban and informal communities, while exploring gender as an important variable in social exclusion.
Increasingly, governments and development institutions are recognizing the importance of addressing social exclusion for sustainable development. As such, the book will examine the role of government and the contribution of international development partners in the protection and support of marginalized groups and communities. Additionally, the role, responsibility, and response of academia as a socially accountable partner will form part of the discourse.