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'To prove I'm not incapable, I overcompensate': disability, ideal workers, the academy


Humphrys, E and Rodgers, J and Asquith, N and Yaghi, SA and Foulstone, A and Thorneycroft, R and Cook, PS, 'To prove I'm not incapable, I overcompensate': disability, ideal workers, the academy, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 33, (4) pp. 698-714. ISSN 1035-3046 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/10353046221125642


The experiences of academics with disability have received modest but growing attention internationally, but virtually none in the Australian context. This article outlines research findings from a study examining their experiences at a large Australian university. The article uses a materialist framework to demonstrate how capitalist social relations shape and demarcate an 'ideal university worker', how disabled workers find it difficult to meet this norm, and the limited assistance to do so provided by managers and labour relations policy frameworks. The research findings point to a profound policy gap between employer and government disability policy inclusion frameworks and the workplace experience of academics. This breach requires further investigation and, potentially, the development of alternate strategies for workplace management of disabilities if we are to make inroads towards equity.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disability, discrimination, labour, universities, ableism, disablism, inclusion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of inequalities
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rodgers, J (Dr Jess Rodgers)
UTAS Author:Asquith, N (Professor Nicole Asquith)
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:153093
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-09-05
Last Modified:2023-01-16
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