‘Work’ is a four-letter word: disability, work and welfare

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI:
‘Work’ is a four-letter word: disability, work and welfare

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This chapter suggests that to overcome the problem of disabled people's ongoing disadvantage in mainstream employment and, therefore, society, a radical alternative strategy is required which poses a direct challenge to orthodox thinking on work and associated policies that centre almost exclusively on disabled workers. It presents an overview of theoretical considerations with reference to the concept of ‘independent living’ for disabled people and the social model of disability. The chapter centres its attention on the organisation of labour, the reconfiguring of work for disabled people, and its implications for work and welfare in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: mainstream employment; society; orthodox thinking; work; disabled workers; independent living; disability; labour; work and welfare

Chapter.  4726 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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