In housing and other areas of social service provision, the notion of ‘inclusion’ has come to have positive approbatory connotations and is often sought for as an element of public and social policy. Conversely, the notion of ‘exclusion’ has come to have pejorative connotations and is often presented as an unwanted outcome of some provisional arrangements. It is interesting to note that in its original application (late sixteenth century), inclusion was a neutral descriptive noun meaning ‘a shutting in’ (from the Latin ‘inclu–s’) and carried no judgemental undertones.
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