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PhD Candidate Salina Abji on Post-Nationalism and Migrant Rights

In an article published in Citizenship Studies, PhD Graduate Salina Abji analyzes the “No One Is Illegal” migrant rights movement in Canada to explore the limitations and opportunities of a post-nationalist framework. She argues that although post-nationalism is limited in its ability to address the concerns of non-status migrants, the conceptual framework is useful for challenging … Read More

PhD Candidate Katelin Albert on the Contributions of Feminist Sociology

PhD Candidate Katelin Albert published an article in The American Sociologist that critiques Stephen Turner’s (2013) book, American Sociology: From Pre-Disciplinary to Post-Normal. She argues that Turner’s theorization of what constitutes as elite or non-elite sociology “under-explores” the contributions of feminist sociology to the discipline. Katelin Albert is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of … Read More

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green on Marital Monogamy

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green, in collaboration with Barry Adam (University of Windsor), published an article in the Journal of Marriage & Family. The article discusses the evolution of conceptions of marital monogamy over time and its role as an ideal in marriage today. Jenna Valleriani obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University … Read More

“Living Right, Feeling Good” – Professor Andrew Miles researches the effects of moral action on positive emotion

Professor Andrew Miles’ new research project looks into the “feel good” effects of moral behaviour. While previous research has shown that helping others makes people feel good, morality scholars recognize that people moralize many ideals in addition to helping, such as fairness, loyalty to groups, respect for authority, and physical and metaphorical purity. Professor Professor … Read More

The Dark Knight’s Stark Encounters with Provisional Selves and Frame Breaks: Antonio Scarfone published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Antonio Scarfone  published an article entitled “The Dark Knight’s Stark Encounters with Provisional Selves and Frame Breaks” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ).  His work examines how individuals must overcome unmet expectations that require strength, adaptation, and perseverance while shaping their identities and careers. Throughout these identity formations, individuals adopt provisional selves … Read More

Professor Andrew Miles sheds light on the foundations of moral differences

How do differences in morality emerge? Professor Andrew Miles is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research (IDG 2018) to understand the foundations of moral differences. While morality’s effects are often beneficial for individuals and societies, moral differences can also generate sharp disagreement, as evidenced by continued controversies in Canada and elsewhere surrounding abortion, same sex marriage, and … Read More

Professor Kristin Plys studies a Tea House in Lahore to learn about Resistance to Authoritarianism

Coffee and tea have a long history of brewing resistance.  Professor Kristin Plys received funding from the Connaught New Researcher Award to study the role of the Pak Tea House in Lahore, Pakistan to understand the role the tea house played as a site of socialization for artists and intellectuals resisting authoritarianism in the twentieth … Read More

Professor Dan Silver seeks empirical knowledge to define the sociological “canon”

With funding from a SSHRC Insight Grant, Professor Dan Silver has recently commenced research seeking to understand how the theory taught in Sociology departments reflects the discipline’s understanding of its “canon.”  Sociology is distinctive as a discipline for holding a core group of theorists as core to its identity as a discipline.  All departments teach … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar on the Concept of Resilience

PhD graduate Kat Kolar published an article in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction that explores the theoretical concept of resilience and its role in social science research. Kolar outlines the concept’s history, its relationship with risk, and its application for research on the development of children and adolescents. Kat Kolar obtained her PhD in … 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

Working Paper 2017-03

The Institutionalization of Sociological Theory in Canada Cinthya Guzman, University of Toronto Daniel Silver, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2017-03 November 2017 (updated January 2018) Keywords: Theory, Disciplinary Identity, Canonization, Canadian Sociology, Syllabi Full Article Abstract Using theory syllabi and departmental data collected for three academic years, this paper investigates the institutional … 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

PhD student James Lannigan’s Theory and Society article probes Noam Chomsky’s internationally contested reputation.

PhD Student James Lannigan recently co-authored an article comparing the Canadian and US newspaper response to Noam Chomsky’s role as a public intellectual. James is in his 3rd year of PhD studies at the University of Toronto. For his dissertation research, he is currently studying entrepreneurial networks and examining how retailers display organizational identities online. For this piece, James … Read More

Working Paper 2017-02

Beyond the Manifesto: Mustafa Emirbayer and Relational Sociology Lily Liang, University of Wisconsin-Madison Sida Liu, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2017-02 June 2017 Keywords: relational sociology, pragmatism, Emirbayer, Dewey, Bourdieu Full Article Abstract Mustafa Emirbayer’s “Manifesto for a Relational Sociology” calls for a process-in-time understanding of the unfolding interaction between structure and agency … Read More

Habit and the Body

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Athena Engman and Professor Cynthia Cranford who recently published an article on the role of physical capacity in habit formation. Thanks to SSHRC for funding the research that resulted in this publication. The article was recently highlighted by the American Sociological Association as a journal highlight when it appeared earlier this … 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

The Origins of Inequality

The Department of Sociology congratulates Professor Bernd Baldus on the publication of his book Origins of Inequality in Human Societies. For a detailed outline of the content see chapter one at Google Books. For background information check the publisher’s page. Publisher’s summary: Since the beginning of social life human societies have faced the problem how … Read More

Alexandra Rodney on Totem Vodka

University of Toronto PhD Candidate Alexandra Rodney recently published a blog post on the site Sociological Images. The blog, created and edited by Professor Lisa Wade of Occidental College in Los Angeles, provides short sociological discussions of “compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.” It is widely used by instructors of … Read More

The Size of Others’ Burdens

Professor Erik Schneiderhan has recently published a new book studying the tension that exists in American society between the ideals of individualism and the goal of helping others. The publisher has this to say about Professor Schneiderhan’s book: Americans have a fierce spirit of individualism. We pride ourselves on self-reliance, on bootstrapping our way to … Read More