Social Exclusion in Later Life: New Findings from A Multidimensional Approach to Social Exclusion Project


Social exclusion (SE) – or the separation of individuals and groups from mainstream society - is a serious problem with adverse health and well-being outcomes. Older adults form a vulnerable group due to the accumulation of factors associated with age. SE is multidimensional, including social, cultural, economic, material, and geographical aspects. Many empirical questions are still unanswered of which some are addressed in this colloquium. The colloquium brings together researchers from Norway and Romania collaborating in the project AMASE: A Multidimensional Approach to Social Exclusion in later life – health consequences for ageing populations. Questions concern different types of social exclusion, risk factors, outcomes, and policy implications. Based on data from the first and ninth cohort of the European Social Survey, the first presenter discusses the potential impact of social norms on SE in later life by showing how differences in SE between childless older people and older people who had at least one child during their life became smaller in later born cohorts. By using an intersectional life course perspective, the second presenter indicates how pathways in- and out SE are linked to social and societal processes and the political history of a country in a socially deprived group. Based on latent class analysis, the third presenter provides evidence for a typology of social exclusion. The fourth presentation concentrates on civic participation in later life and its association with other domains of social exclusion, and the last discusses the transferability of policy practices for older people from Norway to Romania.


Marja Aartsen
Research Professor, Norwegian Social Research | Housing and Ageing research, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Mihaela Ghenta
Senior Researcher, Social Policy, National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection (INCSMPS), Bucuresti, Romania

Marian Vasile
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Romania

Laura Tufa
Researcher, Social Science Division, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

Iuliana Precupetu
Senior Researcher, Social Sciences, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

Hanna Vangen
Researcher, Norwegian Social Research, OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

Rosa Maria Radogna
Research Assistent, Social Sciences, ICUB - Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Romania


Presentation Type



Mainstreaming Aging


Multidimensional Social Exclusion, Older Adults, Romania, Norway, Policy