Sang KJC, Richards J & Marks A (2016) Gender and Disability in Male-Dominated Occupations: A Social Relational Model. Gender, Work & Organization, 23 (6), pp. 566-581. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12143
Evidence from male-dominated sectors points to high levels of disability and the disabling nature of working environments. However, research of this nature assumes a medical model of disability that does not account for the social construction of disability or the lived experiences of disabled employees. Using data from seven focus groups (n = 44) and semi-structured interviews with professional transport employees with lifelong hidden 'impairments', including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD and Asperger syndrome (n = 22), this paper explores the lived experiences of men and women working in a sector traditionally dominated by men, the transport industry. Key themes include homosociality, public–private divide and the impact of changing work practices. Further, the data revealed how those with hidden 'impairments' in part construct their identities in relation to both non-disabled colleagues and those considered stereotypically representing disability (wheelchair users). This study furthers understandings of the relationality of gender and disability in the workplace, and the lived experiences of disabled employees.
gender; disability; masculinity; social relational model
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