Defamilisation and familisation risks, adult worker models, and pro-employment/decommodification measures for women: the case of Hong Kong

Sam Wai Kam YU*, Chui Man Ruby CHAU, Stefan KÜHNER

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the research areas of defamilisation/familisation and adult worker models. It particularly focuses on demonstrating how the study of government pro-employment and decommodification measures for reducing defamilisation and familisation risks faced by women contributes to the examination of the adult worker models. It presents three analytical tasks. The first is to categorise the adult worker models into four types (market-focused, supported, choice-focused and collective consumption) based on different combinations of the pro-employment and decommodification measures. The second is to explore the relative desirability of these four types in enhancing women’s well-being. Based on the case example of Hong Kong, the third is to examine issues concerning the application of the adult worker models in the analysis of how the government responds to defamilisation and familisation risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-210
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date26 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • adult worker models
  • decommodification
  • Defamilisation and familisation risks
  • gendered labour market outcomes
  • social investment
  • working family support

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