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Title: Renqing (personal relationship) and resource allocation: Behaviour analysis of low income qualification assessment by village secretaries
Author(s): Pak, Michael Chui Man 
Author(s): Wang, D.-C.
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: China Journal of Social Work 
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Start page: 107
End page: 121
In a Chinese cultural context, Renqing (personal relationship), Guanxi (relationship) and Mianzi (face) are important concepts in understanding social relationships and people's behaviours. A study was conducted on village secretaries in Taiwan who have the power on the social assistance qualification assessment for low-income households. The study found that personal interest and Renqing (personal relationship) are the two major factors in considering resource allocation instead of distribution justice as advocated in the West. In fact, the fundamental principle is to avoid harm on oneself by others. Resource allocation is one of the key concerns of social work, so the findings have important implications for indigenous social work practice. Social work practitioners and other social work professionals have to understand the local cultural context and keep alert to possible unethical practices.

DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2015.1039167
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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