Disability Alliances and Allies: Opportunities and Challenges Vol: 12

Allison C. Carey
Shippensburg University. USA

Joan M. Ostrove
Macalester College. USA

Tara Fannon
New York City Department of Education, USA

Product Details
09 Nov 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
272 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in Social Science and Disability


In Disability Alliances and Allies: Opportunities and Challenges, Allison Carey, Joan Ostrove and Tara Fannon have gathered an interdisciplinary team of leading experts, to offer nuanced analyses of the meaning and practice of being an ally and of building effective alliances that account for the structural, individual, and interpersonal challenges involved in amplifying disabled voices and centering the disability lived experience. 

The first section of this volume addresses cooperation and conflict in advocacy and activism across social movements, organizations, and institutions. It examines the formation of new alliances, what happens when interests collide, and the social and economic challenges of forming coherent unions. The second section engages issues of agency, autonomy, and identity in interpersonal relationships, highlighting the role of power and status, focusing on alliance dynamics between disabled and non-disabled people. 

For its breadth and depth of research, this volume of Research in Social Science and Disability is essential reading for researchers and students across the social sciences interested in disability, social movements, activism, and identity.  
Introduction. Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Alliances and Allyship in the Lives of People with Disabilities; Allison C. Carey, Tara Fannon, Joan M. Ostrove 
Part One. Structures and Systems that Shape Alliances 
Chapter 1. International Rights and Local Realities: Transnational Allies of the Disability Rights Movement in China; Shixin Huang 
Chapter 2. Allies, Enemies, or Indifferent? The Disability and Older Persons Movements under Neoliberalism in Jamaica; Stephen J. Meyers 
Chapter 3. Impasses of Disability Alliance-building in Bulgaria: Successful Phantom Activism and Toxic Grassroots Mobilizations; Ina Dimitrova 
Chapter 4. “I’ve Used My Wide Array of Skills to Create a Life for Myself”: Managing Narratives with Competing Goals in an Arts-based Disability Ally Organization; Melinda Leigh Maconi 
Chapter 5. Allyship Changes in American Disability Protests Over Five Decades: An Empirical Analysis; Sharon Barnartt 
Part Two. Relational Dynamics of Alliance-building 
Chapter 6. Nothing About ‘Us’ Without Whom? (Re)Cognizing Alliance Between Disabled People and Care Workers in Direct-Funded Attendant Services; Erika Katzman 
Chapter 7. Autistic Adult and Non-Autistic Parent Advocates: Bridging the Divide; Helen Rottier and Morton Ann Gernsbacher 
Chapter 8. Becoming Allies: The Transmogrification of the Role of American Sign Language/English Interpreters during the Deaf President Now Protest; Mark Halley 
Chapter 9. Can We Broaden the Neurodiversity Movement Without Weakening It?: Participatory Approaches as a Framework for Cross-Disability Alliance Building; Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Patrick Dwyer, Christopher Constantino, Steven K Kapp, Emily Hotez, Ariana Riccio, Danielle DeNigris, Bella Kofner and Eric Endlich
Chapter 10. A Different Story: Narrative Allyship Across Ability; Nicki Pombier
Allison C. Carey is professor of Sociology at Shippensburg University. She is co-author of multiple books, including Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities (2020). 

Joan M. Ostrove is Professor of Psychology at Macalester College. Ostrove has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Social Issues and Disability Studies Quarterly, and her work has been published in multiple journals, including the Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Tara Fannon is a gender and disability sociologist and interdisciplinary scholar working in disability advocacy. Her research examines the relationship between self, identities and social-structural access. Her academic work has been published in Research in Social Science and Disability and Symbolic Interaction, among others.

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