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Working futures?Disabled people, policy and social inclusion$
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Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346261

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.001.0001

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

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

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(p.314) (p.315) Twenty Two ‘Work’ is a four-letter word: disability, work and welfare
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Working futures?
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Alan Roulstone

Colin Barnes

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0023

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

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