Flexibility and visibility. An examination of the narratives of Norwegian people with disabilities about working part-time
Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Cecilie Høj Anvik
NOVA, Norwegian Social Research, OsloMet, Oslo Metropolitan University
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Keywords

Disability, Employment, Graded disability pension, Part-time

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Cecilie Høj Anvik, J. S. V. (2019). Flexibility and visibility. An examination of the narratives of Norwegian people with disabilities about working part-time. Academy Journal, (6(18), 66-80. Retrieved from http://scopuseu.com/scopus/index.php/academy/article/view/724
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Abstract

Among the disabled workforce, many are engaged in part-time work. However, research regarding the relationship between disability and part-time work has only partially elucidated how people with disabilities who are in receipt of partial or graded disability pensions perceive and handle the combination of part-time work with their pension payments. This article addresses the narrated strategies employed by people with disabilities in managing part-time employment, drawing on interview data from 10 Norwegian citizens who worked part-time in addition to receiving a graded disability pension. The findings illustrate that flexibility and visibility are specific strategies that our informants implement when health issues and reduced working hours result in weakened connections to the workplace. The article demonstrates how the discourses around paid employment facilitate these strategies. By providing insight into people’s narrated experiences of engaging in part-time work with disabilities, the article offers significant recommendations into the conditions necessary for people with disabilities to remain employed while also in receipt of graded disability pensions.

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