Research into social exclusion is informing practices and policies of international organizations
and governments. In this context, researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the American University of Beirut and Deakin University conducted a study entitled "Insights into theorizing social exclusion and inequities: A perspective from the Arab World."
The study 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 a socioecological framework to categorize these determinants into levels to allow an in-depth
look into their pathways of action on social exclusion and inequalities.
This paper contributes to theorizing the influences of particular structural factors on people’s
quality of life using exemplars from the global south, particularly the Arab world. It argues that
global structural determinants play a significant role on health disparities and social exclusion
of populations and groups but are overlooked. 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.