Social Enterprise

How Can Social Enterprises Become A “Bridge” Between Marginalized People And Society?

In recent years, social enterprises are attracting greater interest and expectations as a useful tool for tackling social exclusion in social, economic, institutional and political spheres, because they struggle to develop solidarity-based economy, promote democratization and bring more public benefits. The central question of this study is how social enterprises can eliminate the root of social exclusion and contribute to building an “inclusive society” where all people can live together with ease. In order to explore this question, I investigated Japanese social enterprises which combat social exclusion of the disabled, through a questionnaire survey and case studies. The main reason why I am focusing on such Japanese social enterprises is that some of them can prompt the disabled to be able to earn enough for their livelihood and get along with various people in the society; on the other hand, others cannot. In conclusion, I show that performing the task of a “facilitator” for building a better world beyond the provision of a conventional welfare service is a necessity for social enterprises to give birth to inclusive society.
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