Disability and academic careers: Using the social relational model to reveal the role of human resource management practices in creating disability

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Abstract

Disabled people continue to face a variety of significant barriers to full participation and inclusion in work and employment. However, their experiences remain only sparsely discussed in relation to human resource management (HRM) practices and employment contexts. The current study contributes to this gap in understanding by drawing together relevant work connecting HRM practices, diversity management and disability studies to examine the experiences of a sample of seventy-five disabled academics in the UK. Through the social relational model of disability HRM practices socially construct disability in the workplace. Interview and email data from disabled academics in the UK are drawn upon to illustrate how organisational practices and policies, while intended to ‘accommodate’ disabled people, inadvertently construct and shape disability for people with impairments or chronic health conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Jan 2021

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