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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 Policy 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

(p.37) Four Hong Kong and human dignity
Human dignity and welfare systems

Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

Policy Press

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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