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Speaker: Dr Jennifer Remnant, Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer Scottish Centre for Employment Research, Department of Health, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde
Unruly bodies challenge social order; uncontained movement, materials or perceived impairments are highly regulated by societal disgust and through feelings of shame, humiliation and historical prejudices and stereotypes.
Claims of disability and ill-health run the risk of being dismissed as disingenuous or a cause of diminished performance, productivity and/or absence from work.
This presentation will explore how and why deviant or uncontained bodies are concealed or disclosed in the workplace and their subsequent workplace implications.
This includes refection on the transactional nature of work and how it replicates and supports the sociologist Talcott Parson’s theorising of the sick role: an exchange of the obligations of being ill, for temporary respite from ordinary duties.
It goes on to explore how employees are stigmatised when their experiences of long-term conditions and disability (including pain, leakiness, fatigue and fluctuation) challenge this theorising and how this challenge manifests in workplace relations and negotiations of legitimacy, deservingness and performance.
Within her research Jennifer Remnant tries to address these research topics:
- subjective experiences of health at work and employee perceptions
- heterogeneous stakeholder perspectives and responses to ill-health and disability in the workplace
- organisations and health
- historical, cultural and political perspectives, debates and depictions of health in relation to work.
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