Excluded. Reports on Hidden Realities
The exclusion of people or certain groups of people is a problem for modern societies as they thus contravene their fundamental ideals of legal quality, social integration and political participation. Many forms of exclusion, however, are not perceived by the public, remain hidden. As a result, destabilisation and growing insecurity in the workplace disappear into the shade of a society that is still oriented around normal working conditions. In countries of the global South, large sections of the population are disenfranchised, dispossessed and driven violently into poverty in the shadow of those countries’ successful economic upswing and alignment with the global economy. This exclusion can even be the result of inclusion, as can be seen with the so-called working poor in the rich countries of the North, as well as with the workers in the textile and computer chip factories of Asia: although supposedly integrated successfully into the capitalist system, they are shut off from the promises of advancement, wealth and well-being.
The aim of the lecture series is to render hidden exclusion visible, to analyse the rationales and mechanisms of in- and exclusion, to ask why we often do not perceive suffering and violence although we could do so, and to determine how covert stigmatisation, disregard and exclusion can be uncovered and drawn to people’s attention.