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Disability policies in Japan and Sweden: A comparative perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and Life Course)
CRICED, University of Tsukuba, Tennondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan.
2019 (English)In: Alter;European Journal of Disability Research ;Journal Europeen de Recherche Sur le Handicap, ISSN 1875-0672, E-ISSN 1875-0680, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article was to compare disability policies in Japan and Sweden. Social protection in the two countries has taken different directions. Policy orientation in Japan is 'productivist', paternalistic, family-oriented, and firmly involves medical expertise in assessing eligibility to disability services. In practice, social services in Japan is the result of negotiations between social service staff at the local level, volunteer agencies and private contributors. In Sweden, social services, were established as social rights, financed by public money, and distributed by public sector agencies or out-sourced to private providers. Such support, assessed by social workers, were intended to facilitate daily life and achieve "good living conditions". While Japan's disability services are characterized by the medical model and improving physical accessibility, practices in Sweden are based on a social relational model perspective of disability services combined with increasing 'de servingne ss ethics'.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-14
Keywords [en]
Japan, Sweden, Disability policies, Implementation, Social service practices
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Social Sciences Social Work
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372270DOI: org./10.1016/j.alter.2018.08.001ISI: 000456364600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-372270DiVA, id: diva2:1275624
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Fransk titel: Les politiques publiques liées au handicap au Japon et en Suède : une perspective comparative

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Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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