Comparing Daily Experiences of Discrimination against (Dis)abled women and men in Germany

A qualitative analysis drawing on Pierre Bourdieu

seminar presented by Arne Müller PhD Candidate, University of Cologne, Germany

When it comes to discrimination against people with disabilities they are often considered to be members of a social group whose major diversification is caused by their impairment. Other sources of inequality, such as class or gender, are neglected even if they are intersecting in the act of discrimination. So far, nothing is known about the intersection of disability and class when discrimination occurs. In my talk I will present some preliminary findings of my study which investigates such intersections using the theory of inequality from French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. For this study, I conducted qualitative interviews with (dis)abled men and women of different class backgrounds in Germany, investigating their experiences of discrimination in everyday life.