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Dr Jackie Gulland's book "Gender, work and social control: a century of disability benefits" has now been published

Lecturer in social work, Dr Jackie Gulland, is delighted that her book Gender, work and social control: a century of disability benefits has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan in its prestigious socio-legal studies series. This book arose from a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh and has been developed during Dr Gulland’s time as a lecturer in social work.

The book uses archive materials relating to appeals against refusals of incapacity benefits to explore the meaning of the term ‘incapable of work’ over a hundred years. The book 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.

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Dr Jackie Gulland published book cover

Girl in wheelchair