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Human dignity and welfare systems$
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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001

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Hong Kong and human dignity

Hong Kong and human dignity

Chapter:
(p.37) Four Hong Kong and human dignity
Source:
Human dignity and welfare systems
Author(s):

Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.003.0004

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

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