Enterprising? Disabled? The status and potential for disabled peoples microenterprise in South Korea

  • S. K. Hwang and A. Roulstone (2015). Disability and Society (Routledge), 114-129
  • Abstract: This article explores the position, potential and scope for self-employment and microenterprise for disabled South Koreans. The chronic barriers experienced in disabled people gaining paid work suggest that self-employment and enterprise might offer a good alternative to paid work. The self-determined nature of running a microenterprise has been shown to connect with disabled people who may not conform to standardised notions of body and brain that underpin many mainstream work contexts. Despite this promise, several barriers continue to beset disabled peoples access to micro-enterprise activity; barriers ranging from Confucian precepts, to employment protections that are geared largely towards paid employment and to the lack of training, finance and business support for disabled people starting up and sustaining microenterprise in Korea. The extension of legal protections, meaningful start-up subsidies, better business support and bridges between paid work and microenterprise are all seen as important policy correctives that would better support disabled people. 2015, Taylor & Francis.
  • Theme: Social aspects/Disadvantage/Poverty
  • Keywords: Confucianism, disabled, law, microenterprise, policy, South Korea
  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: South Korea, Asia, Global North
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