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ERIC Number: EJ973698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
One Size Fits All? The Social Construction of Dis-Employ-Abled Women
Vandekinderen, Caroline; Roets, Griet; Vandenbroeck, Michel; Vanderplasschen, Wouter; Van Hove, Geert
Disability & Society, v27 n5 p703-716 2012
This article is based on an evaluation of a labour-market training programme for women with "mental health problems" in a social workplace in Belgium. The research team explored the retrospective insider perspectives on the work aspirations of the women involved in the programme to identify critical dynamics in their high drop-out from the social workplace. The central findings provide evidence of a prevalent one-size-fits-all discourse in these practices wherein complex and interrelated processes of discrimination take place that are based on both disability and gender. The findings demonstrate that the social workplace functions as a male bastion, in which the oversized overalls that women are forced to wear are symbolically relevant. In conclusion, we discuss and challenge the dominance of the neo-liberal norm of economic productivity and employability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium