Combating Social Exclusion Faced by Disabled People in the Wage Labour Market in Hong Kong

Ruby C.M. Chau, Wai Kam YU, Kathy Boxall

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)547-561
    Number of pages15
    JournalSocial Policy and Society
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations

    User-Defined Keywords

    • disabled people
    • labour market
    • Medical model
    • social exclusion
    • social model


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