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New Life Courses, Social Risks and Social Policy in East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Raymond K. H. Chan, Jens Zinn, Lih-Rong Wang


224 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Social policy in modern industrialised societies is increasingly challenged by new social risks. These include insecure employment resulting from ever more volatile labour markets, new family and gender relationships resulting from the growing participation of women in the labour market, and the many problems resulting from very much longer human life expectancy. Whereas once social policy had to be in step with a standardised, relatively stable and predictable life course, it now has to cope with non-standardised individual preferences, life courses and families, and the consequent increased risks and uncertainties. This book examines these new life courses and their impact on social policy across a range of East Asian societies. It shows how governments and social welfare institutions have been slow to respond to the new challenges. In response, we propose a life-course sensitised policy as an approach to manage these risks. Overall, the book provides many new insights which will assist advance social policy in East Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART 1: Changes in Transitions 2. Extended transitions to adulthood in Japan: Labour market flexibilization and the weakness of social security for young people Akihiko Higuchi 3.Social Policies Addressing the Transition from School to Work of Post-Secondary Graduates in Taiwan: A Social Investment Perspective Chih-lung Huang 4. Will Dreams Come True? The Transformation of Social Inequality Structures in Cambodia – Experiences of a New Generation of Youth Managing the Uncertainties of Their Life Course Chivoin Peou and Jens O. Zinn PART 2: Competing Demands 5. Reconciling Work and Family in Taiwan: Problems and Policies Pei-Yuen Tsai 6. The Double Responsibilities of Care in Japan: Emerging New Social Risks for Women Providing both Childcare and care for the Elderly Junko Yamashita and Naoko Soma 7. Migrant Workers in the New Eldercare Mix in South Korea Seong-gee Um PART 3: Alternative Ways of Living 8. Families at Risk: The Lived Experience of Lone Mothers in Hong Kong Kam Wah Chan and Ka Man Lo 9. The Material Contradictions of Proletarian Patriarchy under Condensed Capitalist Industrialization: The Instability in the Working Life Course of Male Breadwinners and Its Familial Ramifications Choi Sun-Young and Chang Kyung-Sup 10. Re-employment after Retirement: Activation Strategies for Older People in Taiwan Hsiu-Jen Yeh , Shu-Er Wei, and Jen-Der Lue 11. Female Individualization and Implications on Social Policy in Hong Kong Raymond K H Chan and Ran Duan 12. Life-course Sensitised Policy as Risk Management: Directions and Strategies in East Asia Raymond K H Chan, Jens O Zinn and Lih-Rong Wang

About the Editors

Raymond K H Chan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong, China

Jens O Zinn is a Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Lih-rong Wang is Professor of Social Work in the College of Social Science at National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General