Book award announcement: Familial Fitness by Sandy Sufian
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Congratulation to Sandy Sufian! The Disability History Association Awards Committee selected Familial Fitness: Disability, Adoption, and Family in Modern America, as the Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Book Award of 2022.
The committee shared the following assessment: “Sufian’s study…represents intersectional history at its best by unpacking numerous entanglements such as race, eugenics, and epidemics…The narrative is persuasive in showing how dominant views on normality and health in American society have shifted throughout the century.” Familial Fitness is a “masterful book…The analysis is clear, compelling, and well substantiated.” The book is “a well-argued and rigorously researched history of disability and adoption in the United States. The author shows clear mastery over the legal and systematic structures that dominate Modern American adoption processes.”