Title

Combating social exclusion faced by disabled people in the wage labour market in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Social Policy and Society

ISSN

14747464

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

547

Last Page

561

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

School

Faculty of Regional Professional Studies

RAS ID

25039

Comments

Originally published as: Chau, R. C. M., Yu, S. W. K., & Boxall, K. (2018). Combating social exclusion faced by disabled people in the wage labour market in Hong Kong. Social Policy and Society, 17(4), 547-561. Original article available here

Abstract

This article contributes to the search for suitable approaches to combat social exclusion faced by disabled people in capitalist wage labour markets. Referring to policy and service examples in Hong Kong, it reviews four social exclusion approaches – the Moral Underclass (MUD), Social Integrationist (SID), Redistributive (RED) and Collective Production (COP) approaches. These approaches are explored in relation to three key issues: (1) the diverse preferences of disabled people; (2) the myth of infeasibility regarding unconventional approaches and (3) the defects of the medical model of disability. The article argues that the MUD and SID approaches are more associated with the medical model of disability and emphasise individual changes. The RED and COP approaches contain more features of the social model of disability and are in favour of social and structural changes. The COP approach stresses the diverse preferences of disabled people and supports innovative services to combat social exclusion.

DOI

10.1017/S147474641700032X

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