This year, 22 faculty members and 25 graduate students from Sociology at the University of Toronto are presenting papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociology Association in Montreal. In addition to the people presenting papers, a number of our community are also participating as session organizers, discussants or journal editorial panel members. The meetings happen between August 12th and August 15th. We have listed the papers we’re presenting below in the order of their occurrence, with student presenters shown in italics. Note that some of the papers have unlisted co-authors from other universities. Please refer to the ASA Program for complete information.
Saturday, August 12th
Bill Magee, Optimistic Positivity and Pessimistic Negativity Among American Adults: Effects of Birth-Cohort, Age, Gender, and Race
Jaime Nikolaou, Teen Pregnancy and Doula Care: A Space for Feminist Praxis?
Andrew Nevin, Technological Tethering, Cohort Effects, and the Work-Family Interface
Andreea Mogosanu, Historical Change in Gender Differences in Mastery: The Role of Education and Employment
Ioana Sendroiu and Laura Upenieks, Gender ‘In Practice’: Rethinking the Use of Male Practice Players in NCAA Women’s Basketball
Emine Fidan Elcioglu, The State Effect at the Border: Avoiding Totalizing Theories of Political Power in Migration Studies
Paul Pritchard, A Bifurcated Welcome? Examining the Willingness to Include Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Host Community
Yukiko Tanaka, Managing Risk, Pursuing Opportunities: Immigration, Citizenship, and Security in Canada
Gordon Brett, Feminist Theory and Embodied Cognition: Bridging the Disciplinary Gap
Mitch McGivor, Inequality in Higher Education: Student Debt, Social Background, and Labour Market Outcomes
Sarah Cappeliez, Wine Nerds and Pleasure-seekers: Understanding Wine Taste Formation and Practice
Katelin Albert, Negotiating State Policy in the Improvised Classroom: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Sexual Health Classrooms
Marie-Lise Drappon-Bisson, Tactical Reproduction in the Pro-Choice Movement in Northern Ireland: Alliance for Choice’s Path Towards Successful Tactics
Milos Brocic, Cultivating Conviction or Negotiating Nuance? Assessing the Impact of Associations on Ideological Polarization
Omar Faruque, Neoliberal Development, Privatizing Nature, and Subaltern Resistance in Bangladesh
Sunday, August 13th
Dan Silver, The Political Order of the City: Neighborhoods and Voting in Toronto, 1997-2014
Andreea Mogosanu and Laura Upenieks, Social Change and the Evolution of Gender Differences in Depression: An Age-Cohort Consideration
Markus Schafer, Religious Attendance Heterogamy and Partnership Quality in Later Life
Atsushi Narisada, Buffering-Resource or Status-Disconfirmation? How Socioeconomic Status Shapes the Relationship between Perceived Under-Reward and Distress
Josee Johnston, On (not) Knowing Where Your Food Comes From: Children, Meat, and Ethical Eating
Ann Mullen, Labored Meanings: Contemporary Artists and the Process and Problems of Producing Artistic Meaning
Lawrence Williams, Dilemmas: Where No Schema Has Gone Before
Patricia Landolt, How Does Multicultural Canada’s Ethnicizing Imperative Shape Latin American Political Incorporation?
Merin Oleschuk, Consuming the Family Meal: News Media Constructions of Home Cooking and Health
Sarah Shah, The Context of Birth Country Gender Inequality on Mental Health Outcomes of Intimate Partner Violence
Louise Birsell-Bauer, Precarious Professionals: Gender Relations in the Academic Profession and the Feminization of Employment Norms
Geoff Wodtke, Regression-based Adjustment for Time-varying Confounders
Monday, August 14th
Markus Schafer, The Role of Health in Late Life Social Inclusion and Exclusion
Kim Pernell, Institutionalized Meaning and Policymaking: Revisiting the Causes of American Financial Deregulation
Cynthia Guzman, Revisiting the Feminist Theory of the State
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Policing Race, Moral Panic and the Growth of Black Prisoners in Canada
David Pettinicchio, Beyond Employment Inequality: Wealth Disparities by Disability Status in Canada and the United States
Yangsook Kim, Good Care in the Elderly Care Sector of South Korea: Gendered Immigration and Ethnic Boundaries
Ioana Sendroiu and Ron Levi, Legality and Exclusion: Discrimination, Legal Cynicism and System Avoidance across the European Roma Experience
Lawrence Williams, Bounded Reflexivity: How Expectations Shape Careers
Irene Boeckmann, Contested Hegemony: Fatherhood Wage Effects across Two U.S. Birth Cohorts
Jennifer Chun and Cynthia Cranford, Becoming Homecare Workers: Chinese Immigrant Women in California’s Oakland Chinatown
Katelin Albert and Steve G. Hoffman, Undone Science and Canadian Health Research
Ronit Dinovitzer, The New Place of Corporate Law Firms in the Structuring of Elite Legal Careers
Melissa Milkie and Scott Schieman, Who Helps with the Homework? Inequity in Parenting Responsibilities and Relationship Quality among Employed Parents
Matthew Parbst, The Impact of Public Opinion on Policy in Cross-National Perspective
Tony Zhang, The Princelings in China: How Do They Benefit from their Red Parents?
Rania Salem, Structural Accommodations of Classic Patriarchy: Women and Workplace Gender Segregation in Qatar
Tuesday, August 15th
Patricia Louie and Blair Wheaton, Revisiting the Black-White Paradox in Mental Disorder in Three Cohorts of Black and White Americans
Jenna Valleriani, Breaking the law for the greater good? Core-stigmatized Organizations and Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Canada
Martin Lukk, What Kind of Writing is Sociology? Literary Form and Theoretical Integration in the Human Sciences
Jerry Flores, Gender on the Run: Wanted Latinas in a southern California Barrio
Jean-Francois Nault, Determinants of Linguistic Retention: The Case of Ontario’s Francophone Official-Language Minorities
Luisa Farah Schwartzmann, Color Violence, Deadly Geographies and the Meanings of “Race” in Brazil
Jonathan Koltai and Scott Schieman, Financial Strain, Mastery, and Psychological Distress: A Comment on Spuriousness in the Stress Process
Congratulations to Professor Blair Wheaton, recently named Distinguished Professor of Sociology. Professor Wheaton ranks among Canada’s top sociologists and among the world’s top stress researchers. His career, spanning almost forty years, has been marked by outstanding scholarly contributions to the Sociology of Health and by equally impressive work as an institution builder in Sociology and at the University of Toronto.
Professor Wheaton’s research has been foundational in the Sociology of Mental Health. He brought new approaches to establishing social causation of mental health problems, shone a light on the long-term life course effects of early life stress and adversity, on the variation in forms of stress and their inter-relationships, and on social contextual approaches to the study of mental health trajectories through life, especially as expressed by neighbourhood effects on the mental health profile of children from school-age to early adulthood.
Wheaton’s published work is noted for its quality and its impact. His work has been methodologically innovative, ushering in new ways to seek and find answers to important questions in the sociology of mental health. His work on “stress-buffering” and coping, his application of innovative models to the study of neighbourhood effects on children as they grow up, and his conceptual pieces on the nature of social stress are widely read and have had a powerful impact on the field. On the basis of his research, Wheaton was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (1990-1994), was elected Chair of the Mental Health section of the American Sociological Association from 2002-2004, and was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in 2014. He has been invited to give numerous keynote addresses, and received a “Best Paper Award” from the top disciplinary association in Sociology.
Professor Wheaton’s current and future work promises to be every bit as ground breaking as the research for which he is already known. Currently, he is studying the integration of temporal and spatial influences on mental health in individual lives over time, with an emphasis on past living environments as formative in the determination of mental health across adulthood. His next project studies this through a twenty-year follow-up of the 888 children interviewed as part of his study of Toronto families in the 1990’s, looking at the impact of gender-egalitarian households on children’s lives as they move through the life course into middle adulthood.
In addition to his scholarship, Professor Wheaton has provided leadership at the University of Toronto and in the field of Sociology. He served as Chair of the Sociology Department and Graduate Chair from 2003 to 2012 and Director of the Institute for Human Development, Life Course, and Aging, at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2003. A particularly significant achievement was his leadership in establishing the Toronto region’s Statistics Canada Research Data Centre, for which he served as Academic Director (Toronto Region) from 2001-2004.