Being disabled, being a manager: ‘glass partitions’ and conditional identities in the contemporary workplace

Alan Roulstone, Jannine Williams

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Abstract

This article critically explores the working lives and views of disabled senior staff working in UK organisations. The qualitative research at the core of the article establishes that some disabled people are confounding established notions of disabled people only working in peripheral employment roles by exploring the working lives and perceptions of disabled managers. The findings do, however, point to continued barriers to what disabled staff in senior positions can be seen to do and be organisationally. Here both practical and ontological risk inheres in organisationally induced change, openness about impairment and risky identities. Such ideas, it is argued, present limits to further promotion and workplace inclusion for some disabled managers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-29
JournalDisability & Society
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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