Enterprising? Disabled? The status and potential for disabled people’s microenterprise in South Korea

Hwang, Se Kwang and Roulstone, Alan (2015) Enterprising? Disabled? The status and potential for disabled people’s microenterprise in South Korea. Disability & Society, 30 (1). pp. 114-129. ISSN 0968-7599

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.993750


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 people’s 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Confucianism; disabled; law; microenterprise; policy; South Korea
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 15:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21332

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