Changing constructions of work

Kelley Johnson, Jan Walmsley and Marie Wolfe

in People with intellectual disabilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420695
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302940 | DOI:
Changing constructions of work

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This chapter provides a case study of an important policy goal, which is the centrality of paid work. It is also considered as the ultimate badge of citizenship and inclusion. The chapter outlines the different ways that work has been made for people who have intellectual disabilities. It also shows the way work has been socially constructed in different eras, and asks whether the modern fetish around work as a defence against social exclusion is really justified.

Keywords: case study; centrality; paid work; citizenship; inclusion; social construction; modern fetish; defence; social exclusion

Chapter.  4386 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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