What causes social exclusion?
While it is closely related to social stigma, and to other environmental issues such as poverty and inequality, there are as many different causes of social exclusion as there are people who are affected by it. It's important to bear in mind that nature doesn't function in categories but across a broad spectrum. We are all individual human beings, it doesn't matter who you are there has never been anyone else quite like you ever before in the history of Mankind, and there will never be anyone else like you ever again at any point in the future. Nobody else will have your specific genes, your life experiences, your memories, or your way of doing things or looking at the world.
However much of who we are and what we're about, and more importantly how we perceive ourselves as individuals, comes from or is dependent on other people. Culture plays an extremely important role in our lives, it influences what we think and what we believe, how we perceive ourselves and how we perceive other people. There is a very close relationship between social exclusion and culture. Social exclusion itself is a symptom of cultural decline, and a lack of cultural development and social mobility. The bigger picture also takes in other factors such as social conditioning, social engineering, and epicultural influences such as the media, government, busienss and education. You yourself are defined by other people as much as you define yourself and there is no shortage of people whio are more than willing to tell you not just who you are, but what you think and what you believe.
In many cases the reasons why someone is socially excluded are clear and linked to their present circumstances, such as being down to the fact that they are unemployed, homeless, or they are going through a divorce or the break up of a relationship, going through a period of illness or mental illness, have a disability, or for some other reason. However there are many other reasons why which are not apparent, and these could be linked to their past lives, past emotional experiences, childhood, previous relationships, or some other reason which is neither apparent nor they themselevs are conscious of.
There is a very important social aspect to social exclusion which we at Qultura place a special emphasis on. Trying to figure out why someone is socially excluded only serves to continue making their social exclusion an issue. The social exclusion itself doesn't serve anyone's purpose, not our purpose, not that of the person who is affected or anyone else for that matter. What is important is the fact that they are socially excluded, not the reason why they have become socially excluded. If they want to figure out the reasons why they are socially excluded they are free to do so, but our emphasis as a charitable organization is disregarding the reasons why and concentrating on supporting them out of social exclusion by providing them with opportunities for social interaction and developing a better social support network.