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 Jennifer Chun, recently named a University of Toronto, Scarborough Research Excellence Faculty Scholar. This award recognizes Professor Chun as an “outstanding and innovative world class researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in (her) field.” It is UTSC’s highest faculty research honour and she will hold the title for three years.
Professor Chun received this award based on her ground-breaking contributions to the field of global labour studies. Under her pioneering work, the field of labour studies has moved from a sub-discipline focused primarily on industrial trade unions and their conflicts with management structures to one that explores local and global issues surrounding a wide range of work and employment systems. She has brought powerful new insights to the ways in which protest functions – into the role of symbolic power and the significance of affect and emotions in worker struggles. Her research has also advanced knowledge on the importance of grassroots community organizations and intersectional organizing around race, class, gender and migration.
In the ten years since Professor Chun received her Ph.D., she has distinguished herself by the quality and impact of her publications. Her book, Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell, 2009) has received a number of accolades, including two book awards from the American Sociological Association. In addition to her book, Professor Chun has had 17 peer-reviewed publications, many in the top journals in the field, and a number of publications written for non-academic audiences.
Professor Chun’s leadership activities demonstrate her aptitude for visioning and leading people through change. At the University of Toronto, she is Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea and has provided leadership on many departmental and university committees since she arrived here in 2012. She is the former president of the Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44) in the International Sociology Association and serves on numerous editorial boards, including Social Problems, Contemporary Sociology, Global Labour Journal, and Asian Labour Review.
Professor Chun’s current research program includes two funded research projects addressing different aspects of labour protest: one study focuses on protest cultures in South Korea (funded by SSHRC) and the other is a collaborative project on new forms of organizing by workers in informal and precarious jobs around the world (funded by the Ford Foundation). Combining the fine-grained insights that can be gained from ethnographic research with the broad sweeping analysis of international comparison, this project brings together disparate lines of research and provides powerful new insights into the ways in which labour is changing around the world, and the ways in which we can best respond to these changes.
In January 2011, Kim Jin-Suk a former welder and union activist, climbed atop Crane 85 located 35 meters above ground at a Hanjin shipyard near the Korean port city of Busan. There, he lived without running water and endured subzero temperatures and monsoon rains for ten consecutive months (309 days) to protest the layoff of 400 shipyard workers.
This year, Professor Jennifer Chun received a SSHRC Insight Grant to study people like Kim Jin-Suk. The project asks: Why do people engage in the kinds of public protest that involve exceptional sacrifice and a high level of social suffering?
Though his case is extreme, Jin-Suk is actually part of a broader trend that is particularly pronounced in South Korea where crackdowns against more traditional forms of labour activism have resulted in the emergence in new, highly dramatic forms of protest. In addition to people like Jin-Suk who protest alone, high above the ground, other protesters have engaged in solitary hunger strikes where one person is committed to the entire duration of the hunger strike, whilst other participants join the protest for part of the time. Yet others use Buddhist prostration rituals as a form of protest. One-person protests help evade legal prohibitions against political assembly by asserting the power of one where the one person is a single node in a long sequence of many.
By examining the cultivation of new protest practices during a period of intensifying inequality and market-driven change, Professor Chun is advancing understanding of the kinds of expectations and aspirations that motivate people to seek justice and the ways in which they connect individual experience with group suffering and public engagement.