American Sociological Association

Section on Disability and Society

Recipients of 2017 section awards

a. Sociology of Disability and Society Distinguished Career Award: Sara Green

The Distinguished Career in the Sociology of Disability Award has been awarded to Dr. Sara Green. Dr. Green, associate professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida, has worked tirelessly for the advancement of the sociology of disability. Dr. Green is best known for shaping the literature on parenting and disability, but as a prolific scholar, she has published in many areas of disability.  In the past two years alone she has co-authored Seriously Funny: Disability and the Paradoxical Power of Humor (Lynne Reinner, 2016) and co-edited Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It? (Emerald Press, 2017). Moreover, her service record is truly exceptional. She has served as secretary-treasurer and then chair of the Disability and Society section of ASA since 2012. She has simultaneously served as co-chair of the ASA Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology from 2013-2017. Through her service, teaching, and mentorship, Dr. Green has ushered in a new generation of scholars committed to the sociology of disability and fostered an infrastructure to support them in this endeavor. As such she has had a positive impact on the lives of many scholars and on the field more broadly that will last long into the future.

 

b. Sociology of Disability and Society Outstanding Publication Award

The 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award is given to two publications:

"Risky Mothers and the Normalcy Project" by Angela Frederick (University of Texas at El Paso), published in 2017 by Gender and Society. In "Risky Mothers and the Normalcy Project," Frederick offers a model for excellent qualitative research and its capacity to advance theory. She draws on 42 interviews and 3 focus groups of mothers with various physical and sensory disabilities. Through in-depth analysis, Frederick finds that mothers with disabilities are labeled “risky mothers” under scientific motherhood which prizes the management of risk and the prevention of disability. Yet, these mothers are simultaneously rendered invisible by inaccessible and inflexible medical practices, and by a consumer market of expert advice which prescribes that mothers inhabit a typical body. As such Frederick reveals the “normalcy project” as a key aspect of scientific motherhood.

"Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others" by Carrie L. Shandra (SUNY Stony Brook) and Anna Penner (UC Irvine), forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family. Using the American Time Use Survey from 2008-2015, the authors examine the effect of various limitations on carework. While men with limitations do document less time on carework than men without limitations, no such pattern emerges for women. As such, this article successfully uses quantitative analysis of national data to challenge the depiction of people with disabilities as solely care recipients, document the equal time women with disabilities spend providing care, and contribute empirically to our understanding of the lives of people with disabilities.

 

c. Sociology of Disability and Society Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award: Jennifer D. Brooks

The recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award is Jennifer D. Brooks from Syracuse University for the paper, “Just a Little Respect: Differences in Job Satisfaction among Individuals With and Without Disabilities.” Ms. Brooks analyzes data from the 2006 General Social Survey to investigate job satisfaction of workers with disabilities compared to workers without disabilities. Her study finds lower rates of job satisfaction for workers with disabilities, explained in part by differences in perceived workplace respect. Through this study, Ms. Brooks addresses a compelling social issue using sophisticated analytic techniques and contributes to our body of knowledge regarding employment and disability.