Care as vocation and occupation

SOURCE: Transformation through occupation
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.Higson-Smith, L.Richter, M.Altman
SOURCE EDITOR(S): R.Watson, L.Swartz
KEYWORDS: POVERTY, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD), Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3041

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Abstract

the most important policy for socially equitable development is full employment. The unemployed are not just a statistic or an underutilized resource that could have increased gross domestic product. They are people, and no numbers can convey the degree of disruption that unemployment brings to their lives, their livelihoods, and the well-being of their families. Although safety nets and targeted assistance may mitigate some of the consequences of unemployment, from an economic, political, or psychological perspective, nothing is better than a job. Jobs are the means by which people participate in the productive economy and feel productive themselves. It is one of the most important sources of inclusion in the national economy.