Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

Abstract

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.

Keywords

concept mapping, Singapore, Social inclusion

Publication Date

2016

Source Publication Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

Volume

26

Issue

Issue 2-3: Special Issue: Social inclusion – the Asian Experience

Start Page

64

End Page

76

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1080/02185385.2016.1218357

Link to Publisher's Edition

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

ISSN (print)

02185385

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Communication Commons

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