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AUB: Researchers and Deakin University Explore Social Exclusion and Inequities – A Perspective from the Arab World

Research into social exclusion is informing practices and policies of international organizations and governments. In this context, researchers at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program, and the Center for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE)  at Deakin University, Australia recently published their work entitled “Insights into theorizing social exclusion and inequities: A perspective from the Arab World.”

The researchers aimed at exploring the influence of the global structural determinants and their pathways of action on health disparities and social exclusion, drawing on findings from research with four different population groups in an Arab context. The researchers used the socioecological framework and expanded it to allow an in-depth look into the influence of structural determinants on social exclusion and inequities. They identified dynamic and non-linear determinants at regional and global levels that create and exacerbate exclusion for populations who are already economically disadvantaged by poverty and displacement.

This paper contributes to the body of knowledge which theorizes structural forces on people’s quality of life using exemplars from the Global South, in particular, the Arab world. It argues that global structural determinants play a significant role on exacerbating health disparities and social exclusion but are overlooked. The researchers draw on a selection of findings from three different issues of relevance to the Arab context, namely, war and refugees, maternal health services and education.

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