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Ariel Kenny observes hegemonic masculinity in a DIY punk dive bar in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Ariel Kenny published “‘You Gotta Touch Her Again. You Gotta Lick Her Again’: Observing Hegemonic Masculinity in a DIY Punk Dive Bar” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). The article analyzes how both heterosocial and homosocial interactions may reproduce or subvert hegemonic masculinity in the nightlife of the “do it yourself” (DIY) punk … Read More

Meet the editorial board of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal

The Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ) is a student-run publication that is open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate program at the St. George campus. It covers sociology’s intersecting disciplines that include, but are not limited to, Criminology, Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and Economics.The previous and inaugural volume explored … Read More

Religion and Fandom: Sofia Jelovac published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Sofia Jelovac  published an article entitled “Religion and Fandom” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal. Her work explores the parallels between religious form (as outlined by Durkheim) and fandom through a study of the dynamics of Coldplay and the Coldplayer fanbase. By examining the division of the sacred and the profane, within the … Read More

Helen Yang examines the sociology of gluten-free diets in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Helen Yang published  “The Seed of Contempt” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ).  Her work explores the emergence, expansion, and effects of the gluten free market. Under this framework, she discusses both the immunological and sociological influences and implications of the gluten-free diet trend. Although celiac disease  only occurs in 1% of … Read More

“The Medicalization of Mental Illness in Canada” by Jessica Rapson published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Jessica Rapson published “The Medicalization of Mental Illness in Canada”in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). Her work examines Marxist conflict theory to understand how mental illness is medicalized through the marketization of health care in Canada. Specifically, the article focuses on how pharmaceutical companies affect mental illness treatments and exacerbate existing mental … 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

Decolonizing Suicide and Saving Lives through Language: Julia Li published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Julia Li published “Language Revitalization and the Indigenous Youth Suicide Epidemic in Canada: Decolonizing Suicide and Saving Lives through Language” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). Her work examines the connection between the presence of Indigenous language knowledge and lower rates of Indigenous youth suicides in Canadian communities, and builds on Cwik’s … Read More

“Are We Moving Toward or Away from Innocence?” by Amy Bi published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Jing Meng (Amy) Bi  published “Are We Moving Toward or Away from Innocence?” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ).  She reflects on Tuck and Yang’s (2012) work on North American settlers’ attempts to reconcile colonial history and mitigate settler guilt, of which they coined the term “settler moves to innocence.” However, these … Read More