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

Roulstone, Alan and Williams, Jannine (2013) Being disabled, being a manager: ‘glass partitions’ and conditional identities in the contemporary workplace. Disability & Society, 29 (1). pp. 16-29. ISSN 0968-7599

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: disabled managers, seniority barriers, ontological insecurity, glass partitions
Subjects: L300 Sociology
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:57

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