398 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 17 halftones, 11 graphs, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2489-1
Published: April 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3008-3
Published: April 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2490-7
Published: February 2017
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Awards & distinctions
2018 Outstanding Book Award, Disability History Association
2018 Philip Taft Labor History Prize
2017 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives, New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust
A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2017
By tracing the experiences of policymakers, employers, reformers, and disabled people caught up in this epochal transition, Rose masterfully integrates disability history and labor history. She shows how people with disabilities lost access to paid work and the status of “worker”--a shift that relegated them and their families to poverty and second-class economic and social citizenship. This has vast consequences for debates about disability, work, poverty, and welfare in the century to come.
About the Author
Sarah F. Rose is associate professor of history and director of the Disability Studies Minor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
For more information about Sarah F. Rose, visit the Author Page.
“Accessible writing and evocative case studies across seven chronologically and thematically arranged chapters reveal the well-intentioned but paternalistic operation of early disability services. Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Integrates disability history and labor history to examine how, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States, people with disabilities lost access to paid work and acquired the status of morally questionable dependents in need of permanent rehabilitation.”--Law & Social Inquiry
“Has much to offer historians of labor, disability, poverty, and public policy. By revealing historical construction of disabled people’s exclusion from the paid labor force, Rose encourages scholars to think complexly about the meanings of work, the limits of the status of “worker,” and the connections between market-based labor, social standing, and citizenship in American history.”--LABOR Review
“Rose’s scholarship in this book is exemplary. The clarity and breadth of her arguments are built on a solid foundation of primary-source material and secondary literature. Will stand as an important milestone in the maturation of disability history as a field and will open up promising new areas for further inquiry.”--American Historical Review
“No Right to Be Idle is a pathbreaking work that rests on prodigious research and penetrating insights. Sarah Rose has produced the first fully historical and vastly important study we have on the social welfare origins of disability as a category for law, policy, and the organization of work.” --Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Rich in historical context, rigorously researched, and powerfully argued, Sarah Rose's book is a superb social history of disability from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1930s. Through a series of exquisitely and painstakingly rendered case studies, No Right to Be Idle is an excellent illustration of the many complex relationships among disability, work, productivity, and citizenship.”--Michael Rembis, University at Buffalo