Songs From the Dairy Section: Working with Disability & Dignity

Zoe Dupree Fine


This essay opens with, “The idea of duty in one’s calling prowls about in our lives like the ghost of dead religious beliefs” (Weber, 1958, p. 182), words that encourage us to consider the idea of duty in one’s calling. If duty in one’s calling prowls about in our lives like a ghost, it haunts us. This is so because it is ever-present, and it is important to us. Weber’s words lead us to contemplate what having a calling means, what significance work should have, and what the purpose is of the work that we do when we do our jobs. What is the aim? Why have a job? 

Full Text:



Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York, NY:

Metropolitan Books.

Goffman, E. (1955). On face-work: An analysis of ritual elements of social interaction.

Psychiatry: Journal for the Study of Interpersonal Processes, 18(3), 213-231.

Oliver, M. (1981). A New Model of the Social Work Role in Relation to Disability. In J.

Campling (Ed.), The Handicapped Person: a New Perspective for Social Workers?

London, England: RADAR.

Paludi, M. A. (2012). Managing Diversity in Today's Workplace: Strategies for Employees and

Employers. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Pierce, C. M. (1970). "Offensive Mechanisms." In F. B. Barbour (Ed.), The Black Seventies (pp.

-82). Boston: Porter Sargent.

Sayer, A. (2007). What dignity at work means. In S. C. Bolton (Ed.), Dimensions of Dignity at Work (pp. 17-29). London, England: Butterworth Heineman.

Weber, M. (1958). The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. T. Parsons (Tr.). New York,

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons.



  • There are currently no refbacks.


The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies is Published by the Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l'Incapacité, and is hosted and supported by the University of Waterloo.

ISSN 1929-9192 Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (Online)