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Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
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Gender, Work and Social Control

A Century of Disability Benefits

Authors: Gulland, Jackie

  • Provides the historical context for the current debate on incapacity benefits and conditionality
  • Offers new insights into the different forms that conditionality can take in benefit decision making
  • Examines the gendered nature of decision making on incapacity benefits
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About this book

This book uses previously unknown archive materials to explore the meaning of the term ‘incapable of work’ over a hundred years (1911–present). Nowadays, people claiming disability benefits must undergo medical tests to assess whether or not they are capable of work. Media reports and high profile campaigns highlight the problems with this system and question whether the process is fair. These debates are not new and, in this book, Jackie Gulland looks at similar questions about how to assess people’s capacity for work from the beginning of the welfare state in the early 20th century. Amongst many subject areas, she explores women’s roles in the domestic sphere and how these were used to consider their capacity for work in the labour market. The book concludes that incapacity benefit decision making is really about work: what work is, what it is not, who should do it, who should be compensated when work does not provide a sufficient income and who should be exempted from any requirement to look for it.

About the authors

Jackie Gulland is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her work is inter-disciplinary and crosses the fields of social policy, sociology, social work, history and law. She has held a series of lectureships and research posts in higher education, crossing the disciplines of social policy, sociology and law, with a continuing focus on socio-legal issues and research methods.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Gulland, Jackie

  • From National Insurance in 1911 to Employment and Support Allowance

    Pages 23-31

    Gulland, Jackie

  • Only Those Unconscious or Asleep: Definitions of Incapacity for Work

    Pages 33-52

    Gulland, Jackie

  • The Necessity of Questioning the Doctor: Medical and Other Evidence

    Pages 53-78

    Gulland, Jackie

  • Bridge Toll Attendants and Driving a Quiet Horse: The Labour Market and Structural Barriers to Work

    Pages 79-107

    Gulland, Jackie

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60562-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Work and Social Control
Book Subtitle
A Century of Disability Benefits
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60562-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 241
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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