Calling out for a rejuvenated account of the study of social exclusion, Winlow and Hall offer a startling account of social disintegration and the retreat into subjectivity. Rather than meekly bowing to conventional wisdom, they suggest that, in many respects, 'the social' no longer exists as we are all increasingly excluded from its networks and obligations and that we are all increasingly denied access to the positive substance of a really existing social world. Winlow and Hall argue that social exclusion is deeply indicative of the way we live now. It is not that some individuals and groups are excluded from the social, but 'the social', properly understood, is excluded from the spaces we all inhabit. Thus, despite widening and deepening socioeconomic divisions, the reality of social exclusion is not simply seen in the North American ghettos or the sink estates of Britain, but also in exclusive gated housing developments that are now a feature of many Western cities, the vacuous non-places of the shopping mall, the deadening reality of low-level service work - and in the depressing uniformity of our political parties. Drawing upon current movements in radical philosophy and bringing the changing nature of capitalism and its domestication of democratic politics to the forefront of the discussion, Rethinking Social Exclusion has something new and important to say about a contemporary post-political order that appears comfortable with the hollowing out of the social, the severance of traditional social relations and the economic abandonment and cultural vilification of the poorest. This book will be essential reading for upper level students studying social exclusion, inequality and contemporary forms of social class. Winlow and Hall have now long proved to be amongst the most astute academic commentators on contemporary social conditions. In 'Rethinking Social Exclusion' they have once again produced a truly innovative, engaging and provocative text full of new insight and original thinking. This will no doubt become the guide for social scientists looking to heed their call and think anew on the blunt imbalances inherent in contemporary capitalism, and the stark marginalisation at the ever expanding social fringes that characterise these turbulent times. -- Dr James Treadwell Hardly any other criminologists have addressed the question of the end of the social with the range of creativity and imagination in today's epoch of the post-financial economic crash that Simon Winlow and Steve Hall can assemble. Rethinking Social Exclusion maps a precise route between and beyond the dual traditions of Europe - social exclusion as a phenomenon produced by the rise of neoliberalism - and the United States - social exclusion as an experience shaped by urban segregation. This superb book not only re-positions and, crucially, re-politicizes both producers and consumers but also inhabits a unique theoretical space and demonstrates Winlow and Hall at their brilliant best as theorists of contemporary social exclusion. -- Professor John Armitage Rethinking Social Exclusion is classic Winlow and Hall - bleak, brilliant and unmatched in the art of fundamentally rethinking crucial social issues in a way that is simultaneously enlightening and, at times, rather scary. They nail down and fundamentally reconstruct the concept of 'social exclusion' with such intellectual flair, originality and precision that we must now wonder why we haven't been thinking about it like this all along. This outstanding book is more than simply 'ground-breaking', it shakes the conceptual foundations of the social scientific discipline. Over the years Winlow and Hall have been either badly misunderstood or ignored by far too many on the Left, but they have convinced me that we must reject many of yesterday's obsolete ideas and confront late capitalism's bleak landscape before we can move beyond the false optimism of the Blairite era and find genuine hope for the future.