New review of Politics of Empowerment in Perspectives on Politics by Alison Gash.
"Politics of Empowerment mainstreams the politics of disability into a broader schol- arship on federal legislative processes and civil rights advocacy organizations. This, on its own, is a service to disability policy scholarship."
"Pettinicchio reveals the significance of disability politics reform—not only as an important (yet distinct) story of civil rights policy but also, more broadly, as a window into agenda setting, interest group formation, and a rights evolution."
New Book Review in Mobilization
"important work that will both broaden the view of those interested in the American disability rights movement and those interested in social movements of all kinds."
Book mentioned in Huffington Post article: Coronavirus Made Accessibility A Priority. Disability Activists Have Been Fighting For It For Decades.
The law began to shift employers’ expectations that it was the worker’s responsibility to adapt in order to fit a specific mold. “It has forced us all, including employers, to think about how environments are disabling,” said David Pettinicchio, a University of Toronto researcher who wrote a book about the act.
Politics of Empowerment is the recipient of the 2020 American Sociological Association's Disability and Society Outstanding Publication Award.
Book Review: Pettinicchio's Book Illustrates the Interplay between Activists and Institutional Actors
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I am a sociologist at the University of Toronto. I specialize in political sociology, the study of inequalities and social policy. A key area of interest is how politics and policies shape the lives of everyday people and in turn, how citizens get involved in shaping those policies - for example, through advocacy and social movement participation.