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."
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
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.