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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Psycho-social perspectives on the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in groups, organisations, communities

This Special Issue edited by John Adlam and Christopher Scanlon gathers authors from different communities of practice working in the field, to offer associations to the idea of Cosmopolitanism first put forward by Diogenes, the Cynic philosopher, when he claimed to be 'a citizen of the world'. The task has been to pursue a collaborative psycho-social enquiry into the vexed and vexatious question of what happens when the irresistible force of the out-reaching societal in-group encounters the immovable object of the excluded outsider's refusal to 'come in from the cold' on the terms that are offered. Inclusion, then, is on whose terms? At what cost - and to whom?