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Title: In between competing discourses: the disabled employee as a productive agent
Authors: JAMMAERS, Eline
Zanoni, Patrizia
Hardonk, Stefan
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Gender, Work and Organization 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, UK, 24th – 26th June, 2014
Abstract: This article explores how workers with disabilities in one Flemish organization deal with societal and organizational discourses that contradict one another. On the one hand, the move from welfare to work and its strong emphasize on labour market activation of minorities brings along a discourse of participation through paid employment. On the other hand employers are reluctant to hire or promote people with disabilities because they have been historically burdened by a discourse of unproductiveness. Performance is key in organizations, yet disabled people are by definition defined by what they cannot perform. How individuals themselves engage with these colliding discourses and retain a positive sense of their productivity is the focus of this paper. Through the use of semi-structured in-depth interviews with twelve wage-subsidized employees with disabilities, issues of productivity are elaborated on. The findings show that when traditional quantitative concepts of productivity were used, employees had to use a number of strategies to retain a positive sense of self. Some participants used a broadening of the concept of productivity in order to construct a competent professional self.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17185
Link to publication: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-0432/asset/homepages/GWO_202014_20_Lectures__1_.pdf?v=1&s=5f8eb949fe04ae1010ef53375940c6459da1eb9c
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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