Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Social Work

Title

Ethnocentric bias in the comparative study of social welfare: The case of welfare reforms in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

By studying the debate on whether the pro-market reforms in Hong Kong are positively related to Confucianism, this paper is intended to contribute to the examination of the importance of two views on the ethnocentric bias in the comparative study of social welfare. The first view attributes the bias to the under-emphasis between the western and non-western governments in organising social welfare. The second view attributes the bias to the over-emphasis on the similarities between the western and non-western governments in organising social welfare. Based on the study of Hong Kong as a case, this paper argues that both views enhance our understanding of how non-western governments organise social welfare in response to their cultural heritage and the ideas upheld by some western governments. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

comparative study, Confucianism, ethnocentric bias, welfare reforms

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Journal of Comparative Social Welfare

Volume

27

Issue

3

Start Page

233

End Page

242

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/17486831.2011.595072

ISSN (print)

17486831

ISSN (electronic)

1748684X

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