Ableism and Racism: Barriers in the Labour Market

  • Marianne Pieper Chair of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg
  • Jamal Haji Mohammadi University of Hamburg
Keywords: Ableism, racism, biopolitical caesuras, neoliberal responsibility, Limited inclusion, micro politics, agencement, labour market.

Abstract

Despite the existence of legal instruments designed to protect against discrimination, people with disabilities and with a migrant background nonetheless experience significant barriers in the labour market. As a qualitative study conducted in Hamburg shows, discrimination in the labour market of a Germany embarked on a neoliberal course, rather than working through absolute exclusion, works instead through forms of “limited inclusion”. This paper discusses the extent to which, in this context, ableism and racism act as “bio-political caesuras” (Foucault 2003), although not recognisable as such, since they appear as individualised questions of efficiency, competence, motivation, and the willingness to integrate and thus become the responsibility of those affected.

Author Biographies

Marianne Pieper, Chair of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Marianne Pieper: Chair of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg. She teaches Gender, Queer, Postcolonial, Critical Racism, Ableism and Migration Studies and is director of the Network and Research Project: Participation of multi-discriminated people in the labor market: Ableism, Racism and Sexism. http://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/projekte/netzwerk-partizipation-mehrfach-diskriminierter-menschen/ funded by European Social Funds and director of the German section of the EU-project: MIG NET. Migration, Gender and Digital networks.

Jamal Haji Mohammadi, University of Hamburg

Jamal Haji Mohammadi is researcher of the Network and Research Project: Participation of multi-discriminated people in the labor market: Ableism, Racism and Sexism.http://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/projekte/netzwerk-partizipation-mehrfach-diskriminierter-menschen/ funded by European Social Funds.

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