Dr. Allison Carey, professor of sociology and anthropology, co-authored the new book “Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities.” She collaborated with Richard K. Scotch, professor of sociology and public policy at the University of Texas and Pamela Block, professor of anthropology at Western University.

The book dissects the relationship between parents of children with disabilities advocating for their child, and disable activists who view parental activism as working against their independence and dignity. The authors use four case studies that focus on intellectual disability, psychiatric diagnoses, autism and a broad range of physical disabilities including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. The book delivers a new perspective on disability activism, policy and the family.

Carey is also the author of “On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America,” and co-editor of “Disability Incarcerated: Disability and Imprisonment in the United States and Canada,” and “Disability and Community.”

Her new book is available through Temple University Press.