Disabling Ideas – Disabling Policies: The Case of Disability Employment Policy in the Newly Established Israeli State

Roni Holler*

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Abstract

By integrating a social perspective of disability with an ideational approach to social policy, the present study seeks to illuminate the central role of ideas in shaping disability policy. Using employment policy towards civilian disabled people in the newly established Israeli State (1948–65) as a case study, this examination highlights the key role played by the Israeli welfare system in excluding disabled people and structuring the disability category. This case illustrates how the paradigmatic perception of disability, loaded with patronizing attitudes towards the new Mizrachi immigrants, operated both as ‘cognitive locks’ and as a means for gradual yet transformative change. It is argued that this kind of ideational change is best identified and interpreted by assuming that paradigms are relational in nature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)424-441
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017

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© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Ideas
  • Israel
  • Policy change
  • Social model of disability

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