Department of Communication Studies
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.
concept mapping, Singapore, Social inclusion
Source Publication Title
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue 2-3: Special Issue: Social inclusion – the Asian Experience
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Chiu, Marcus Y. L., Kheng H. Lim, Kara Chan, Sherrill Evans, and Peter J. Huxley. "What does social inclusion mean to Singaporeans? A qualitative study of the concept of social inclusion." Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development 26.Issue 2-3: Special Issue: Social inclusion – the Asian Experience (2016): 64-76.
Additional FilesJA-4864-29067-Figure 1. Example of mapping negative feelings.jpeg (241 kB)
JA-4864-29067-Figure 2. Example mapping positive feelings.jpeg (344 kB)
JA-4864-29067-Figure 3. Overall map of social inclusion.jpeg (347 kB)