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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