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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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Disability, work and welfare

Disability, work and welfare

the disappearance of the polymorphic productive landscape

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Disabled people, work and welfare

Alan Roulstone

Policy Press

In this chapter the current crisis in welfare to work is explored by contextualising longer run developments in the way in which work has changed and been redefined. The chapter argues that what was once a range of diverse and localised work activity has in time, and with industrialisation, been increasingly associated work with paid employment. This it is argued has major significance for individuals whose bodies or intellect are non-standard in a standardised labour process. One of the key reasons contemporary and recent policy makers have struggled so much to connect disabled people with paid work opportunities are the long-held views which associated paid work with valued and valorised social activity largely undertaken by standard workers. The implications of the chapter are that even major efforts to get disabled people to fit the current definition of work will only be successful if there are clear and systematic efforts to challenge the nature and value system that underpins industrialised processes.

Keywords:   crisis, disabled people, industrialisation, labour process, paid employment, welfare, work

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