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The shame of itGlobal perspectives on anti-poverty policies$
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Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308713

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308713.001.0001

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Self-sufficiency, social assistance and the shaming of poverty in South Korea

Self-sufficiency, social assistance and the shaming of poverty in South Korea

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(p.61) Four Self-sufficiency, social assistance and the shaming of poverty in South Korea
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The shame of it
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Yongmie Nicola Jo

Robert Walker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308713.003.0004

This chapter discusses the policy context of South Korea, dating back to the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997, which provided the initial foundation for the birth of a substantial anti-poverty policy. The National Basic Living Security Scheme has since remained an important feature of the current socio-economic and political context. The chapter provides an overview of whether there have been any significant changes in the social context that have influenced the broad direction of this initial policy. In relation to our understanding of the economic and political context of this period, the chapter addresses trends over time in dominant public discourse concerning the nature, manifestations and causes of poverty and how these changing discourses may have changed poverty’s psycho-social dimensions. Finally, the chapter outlines the relevant dynamics of political power and its protagonists that have framed recent anti-poverty policy in South Korea.

Keywords:   South Korea, National Basic Living Security Scheme, structural change, policy limitations

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