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Sociology of Culture

PhD Candidate Sarah Cappeliez on the meanings of “terroir” in French and Canadian Wine

PhD Candidate Sarah Cappeliez has recently published a paper about the meanings of terroir in the contexts of French and Canadian wine. The paper, published in Poetics, argues that despite its apparent elusiveness as a term, both French and Canadian contexts have understandings of terroir that share an appreciation of nature and place as a … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on the Contradictions of Maternal Foodwork

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk recently co-authored a piece on maternal foodwork with Professors Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston that was featured on the Gender & Society blog. The Gender & Society blog posts pieces for a general audience that align with the mandate of the Gender and Society journal.  This blog post examines the careful “balancing act” that mothers … Read More

Professors Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann featured in UTM News

Professors Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann were recently featured in an article on the UTM News Page. The article highlights their research about the food preferences of lower socioeconomic status populations. The findings of their study was published in The Journal of Consumer Culture in July 2017. Professor Johnston is a Full Professor and Professor Baumann … Read More

Professor Dan Silver’s Report on Toronto’s Public Art Policy featured in UofT News

Professor Dan Silver was recently featured in the U of T News discussing Toronto’s public art policy. Professor Silver is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Acting Chair of Sociology at the UTSC campus. He recently co-authored a report titled Redefining Public Art in Toronto, in which he and his co-author Professor Sara Diamond, President … Read More

Professor Berrey’s research on Affirmative Action featured in the Christian Science Monitor

Professor Ellen Berrey was recently featured in an article in the Christian Science Monitor by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo. The article concerns recent controversies in the USA surrounding affirmative action practices in college admissions. The article explores the debates around affirmative action in the  context of US higher education institutions with reference to Professor Berrey’s research. Professor Berrey … Read More

PhD students Alexandra Rodney, Sarah Cappeliez, Merin Oleschuk & Professor Josée Johnston examine ideals of feminine domesticity in food blogs

  Sociology PhD students, Alexandra Rodney, Sarah Cappeliez, Merin Oleschuk, with Associate Professor Josée Johnston have recently published an article in the international multidisciplinary academic journal, Food, Culture & Society. The paper titled “The Online Domestic Goddess: An Analysis of Food Blog Femininities“, analyzes how idealized notions of femininity are demonstrated in blog posts written by … Read More

PhD candidate Lawrence Williams’ Frontiers in Sociology article considers Parsons’ role in contemporary sociological thought

PhD candidate Lawrence Williams  recently published an article in Frontiers in Sociology. His article demonstrates how the rejection of Parsons by many sociologists ironically influenced the development of an impersonal theory of action. Williams is currently writing his dissertation studying how individuals working in the field of customer service understand their careers and find meaning … Read More

Professors Judith Taylor and Josée Johnston consider Hugh Hefner’s cultural impact

Professors Judith Taylor and Josée Johnston recently published an article in The Conversation discussing the late Hugh Hefner’s influence on beauty, sexuality, and the objectification of women in the media. Professor Taylor is a faculty member in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies and teaches at the St. George campus. Professor Johnston is a faculty member … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress discusses his new book “Under the Cover” on Roundhouse Radio

Sociology Professor Clayton Childress was recently interviewed by Minelle Mahtani in her show “Sense of Place” on Roundhouse Radio (98.3 FM). During the interview Professor Childress discusses the inspiration, research process, and writing style for his recently published book, Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel. The book explores the complex publication process … Read More

Professor Zaheer Baber’s TLS review explores space, race and gender

Professor Zaheer Baber has recently published a review in the Times Literary Supplement. Professor Baber is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with expertise in the sociology of science and technology. In this piece, Professor Baber reviewed Apollo in the Age of Aquarius, by Neil M. Maher, a book he described as … Read More

Looking for a summer read? Professor Clayton Childress draws on his expertise in book publishing to recommend five.

Professor Clayton Childress recently wrote a blog post for The Conversation.com/ca that offers up summer reading tips based on his expertise from studying the publishing industry.  The full post is available on Conversation website. We have posted an excerpt below. Five Amazing Books to Read this Summer July 13, 2017 Clayton Childress his summer, to … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress looks under the cover in his new book on book publishing

Professor Clayton Childress has recently published Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel, a book that goes behind the scenes of the literary world by following the life course of a single work of fiction from its beginnings in an author’s creative process through its transformation in the publishing process and … Read More

Professor Steve Hoffman reflects on predictions for Artificial Intelligence

Professor Steve G. Hoffman recently published a piece in Backchannels, the blog of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Backchannels publishes a variety of “less formal writings” on “the current and future state of the field or subfields within science and technology studies.” Professor Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress on cultural appropriation in book publishing

Professor Clayton Childress recently published an is a column in the new online publication, The Conversation, Canada, a publication that seeks to bring academic rigour to Canadian journalism. Professor Childress is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the UTSC campus. His research focuses on the sociology of culture and he recently … Read More

Professor Dan Silver writes in the Chicago Sun about Chicago’s vibrant scenes

Professor Dan Silver recently co-authored a column in the Chicago Sun about the shift from neighbourhoods to “scenes” for understanding shifting dynamics in Chicago urban life. Professor Silver is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Toronto, with undergraduate responsibilities at the Scarborough campus. His research examines, among other things, the causes and … Read More

Congratulations to Gabe Menard recipient of the Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

PhD student Gabe Menard is the 2016 recipient of the Daniel G. Hill Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Sociology. This award is presented annually to an Ontario resident graduate student and is chosen on the basis of the quality of a paper published between July and June of the award year. Gabe received … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress on the resurgence of indie book stores

Have you noticed the resurgence of independent book stores? Professor Clayton Childress, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UTSC, recently wrote about this in a blog post for orgtheory.net. Professor Childress recently published his first book – Under the Cover which empirically follows a works of fiction from start to finish: all the way from its … Read More

Just how much do book prizes matter?

Book prizes play a monumental role in contemporary literary culture. Not only do they boost sales for winning and short-listed authors, they also help to define what is seen as “quality” in literature. If the effects of the prize are long lasting, book prize judges wield a tremendous amount of power over culture and literary … Read More

P2P: Authentic, Exotic and Racialized Food

Every student in the Sociology PhD program at the University of Toronto completes the Research Practicum course in their second year. This course involves each student working directly on a research project with a faculty member through the various stages of research and writing while also meeting with other graduate students in the course to … Read More

Working Paper 2016-04

The Shelf Life of a Socio-Technical Disaster: Post Fukushima Policy Change in the United States, France and Germany Steve G. Hoffman, University of Toronto Paul Durlak, University of Buffalo, SUNY UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-04 September 2016 Keywords: disaster, Fukushima, nuclear energy, policy change, risk, technology Full Article Abstract How can large-scale socio-technical disasters … Read More