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Hong Kong and human dignity

Chak Kwan and Graham Bowpitt

in Human dignity and welfare systems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861344311
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.003.0004
Hong Kong and human dignity

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This chapter looks at the first case study on human dignity, which is set in Hong Kong. It reveals that Hong Kong can be considered as a good case study of a capitalist welfare system's attitudes towards the dignity of economically weak citizens. The discussion is able to determine that human dignity in Hong Kong appears to be narrowly defined as a ‘contribution to society’ and ‘labour market participation’. The chapter also shows that workfare practices in Hong Kong have forced a large number of poor citizens out of the public welfare system, without providing them with enough financial support.

Keywords: Hong Kong; capitalist welfare system; attitudes; economically weak; citizens; labour market participation; workfare practices; public welfare system; financial support

Chapter.  9882 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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