Sociomateriality and disabled individuals’ identity work: a critical poststructuralist research agenda

Corlett, Sandra, Williams, Jannine and Meindel, Jennifer (2013) Sociomateriality and disabled individuals’ identity work: a critical poststructuralist research agenda. In: British Academy of Management, 10 - 13 September 2013, Liverpool.

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Abstract

This paper responds to calls to rebalance the role of materiality in identity work. Taking a critical poststructuralist approach to identity work and a relational ontology perspective on sociomateriality, we explore how a ‘disabled’ person’s identity work is shaped by and responds to the influences of embodied practices and material arrangements within the workplace. We achieve this by reviewing the notion of sociomateriality as a "constitutive entanglement" (Orlikowski, 2007: 1437) of the material and the human. More specifically, we discuss how disabled individuals are constituted through sociomaterial relations and practices involving the body, assistive technology and mundane artefacts. This paper, therefore, contributes to the emerging interest, in identity studies, on the role of the material within identity work, and, in Disability Studies, to the entanglement of the social and material in constructions of disability as difference.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Sandra Corlett
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 10:18
Last Modified: 13 May 2017 16:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12423

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