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Sociology of Culture

Working Paper 2018-02

Eating for Taste and Eating for Change: Ethical Consumption as a High Status Practice Emily Huddart Kennedy, Washington State University Shyon Baumann, University of Toronto Josée Johnston, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2018-02 March 2018 Keywords: cultural capital, food, ethical consumption Full Article Abstract Under what conditions is ethical consumption a high … Read More

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Dan Silver on the place of the classic in Social Theory classes

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Professor Dan Silver have recently published a paper assessing the practice of teaching theory in Canadian sociology courses. The paper, published in Canadian Review of Sociology,  reports on analyses of the courses taught in 64 Canadian degree-granting sociology programs, the instructors of theory courses, and theory course syllabi from 2012 to … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Alexandra Rodney on her postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph

Congratulations to Alexandra Rodney, who has started a postdoctoral position on the Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership initiative at the University of Guelph. Alexandra recently received her PhD after completing her dissertation, Healthy is the New Thin: The Discursive Production of Women’s Healthy Living Media, under the supervision of Josée Johnston (chair), Shyon Baumann, and Elaine … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee Interviewed in Black Perspectives

Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently interviewed on the blog Black Perspectives about his book, Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. In the interview Professor Lee discusses the research, methods, and inspiration for his book, which is an ethnographic study of the lives of young Black men in Los Angeles and how they are affected by gang … Read More

PhD Candidate Kerri Scheer on Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Sociology PhD Candidate Kerri Scheer  authored a post on Sociological Images concerning the rise of “the Ugly Christmas Sweater” trend. In the post Scheer explores the role of nostalgia and consumerism in driving the popularity of Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Kerri Scheer is a PhD candidate at the U of T Sociology Department. She is currently working toward her … Read More

Professor Melissa Milkie on housework and gender norms

Sociology Professor Melissa Milkie was recently featured in an article by The Toronto Star discussing the gender roles and expectations around household work. The article reported on the persistence of a gendered division of household chores and the guilt many women feel when they do not live up to their own housework standards. In explaining … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on USC podcast

Professor Neda Maghbouleh was recently featured in USC Annenberg’s Michael Radcliffe’s podcast on Tehrangeles, a Los Angeles neighbourhood that’s home to the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran. In the podcast, Professor Maghbouleh discusses the importance of the area, and how it creates a connection to a home country for its mainly Iranian immigrant … Read More

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 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