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People with intellectual disabilitiesTowards a good life?$
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Kelley Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420695

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.001.0001

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Changing constructions of work

Changing constructions of work

Chapter:
(p.99) Six Changing constructions of work
Source:
People with intellectual disabilities
Author(s):

Kelley Johnson

Jan Walmsley

Marie Wolfe

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.003.0007

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

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