Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

What does social inclusion mean to Singaporeans? A qualitative study of the concept of social inclusion

Abstract

© 2016 Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, Singapore. In recent years, the term ‘social inclusion’ has more frequently been mentioned in policy initiatives than academic debates in an Asian context that is characterised by fast economic growth, widening poverty gap, ageing populations and prevalent stigma situation for disabled and marginal groups. It may be particularly meaningful to understand what social inclusion means to the people on the ground, in leading societies like Singapore. This paper presents the qualitative findings of seven focus group discussions with a total of 51 participants of different background, including social workers, social work students, users of mental health services, older community dwellers, adults and youth leaders. The concepts are by and large similar to those found in Hong Kong and UK, surrounding access and opportunities to basic dimensions of community living, but there are also several interesting and unique observations with regard to social inclusion.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

Volume number

2017-03-02

Issue number

26

Publisher

Public Library of Science

First Page (page number)

64

Last Page (page number)

76

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1080/02185385.2016.1218357

ISSN (print)

02185385

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02185385.2016.1218357

Keywords

concept mapping, Singapore, Social inclusion

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