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Sociology of Culture

Consume This! Fashion Influencers and COVID “Chic”

Jordan Foster’s new blog looks at how the pandemic has affected fashion influencers and the fashion industry more broadly. At present, influencers and the brands they work with face a number of challenges related to the pandemic  including obstacles related to travel and limitations surrounding advertising budgets. But influencers are responding to these challenges with significant … Read More

Professor Dan Silver on Canada’s arts sector and its need for transformative action

Professor Dan Silver recently co-authored an op-ed in The Globe and Mail about the need to invest in arts as a form of building Canadian infrastructure. Looking to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a model, the authors suggest that the Canadian arts sector requires major investment with co-ordination across different levels of … Read More

Recent PhD graduate, Anelyse Weiler, to begin Tenure Track position at the University of Victoria

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler will be joining the University of Victoria’s Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor. Before her new position begins in July, she will be defending her dissertation on 12 June. Supervised by Josée Johnston with committee members Hannah Wittman (UBC) and Jennifer Chun, her dissertation is entitled, The Periphery in the … Read More

Congratulations to Taylor Price, one of 25 finalists in SSHRC Storytellers Contest

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Taylor Price who recently learned that his submission to the SSHRC Storytellers Competition has been named one of the finalists for 2021. The annual SSHRC Storytellers Competition provides a venue for post-secondary students to showcase their SSHRC-funded research by presenting a 3 minute video or audoclip. The top 25 candidates receive … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleshuk, in collaboration with Professors Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann, on “Maintaining Meat: Cultural Repertoires and the Meat Paradox in a Diverse Socio-Cultural Context”

PhD Candidate Merin Oleshuk, in collaboration with Professors Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann,  published an article in Sociological Forum, entitled “Maintaining Meat: Cultural Repertoires and the Meat Paradox in a Diverse Socio-Cultural Context.” This article examines Canadian meat eaters and vegetarians within the context of “cultural repertoires” regarding meat eating. The authors distinguish between two … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Taylor Price on “Posthumous Consecration in Rock’s Legitimating Discourse”

Ph.D. candidate Taylor Price published an article in Poetics, entitled “Posthumous Consecration in Rock’s Legitimating Discourse.” The article advances the idea of posthumous consecration and analyzes lifetime and posthumous rock album reviews. His findings demonstrate that “death plays a critical role in how cultural fields achieve autonomy.” Price reveals that critics emphasize the coherence of … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk’s research featured in Eater magazine

Ph.D. Candidate Merin Oleschuk research on “foodies” in Toronto was featured in an article by Eater, entitled, “What Does ‘Authenticity’ in Food Mean in 2019?” The article claims that ‘authenticity’ in food “still matters, but its definition isn’t as simple as it used to be” because of the rising awareness of racial inequalities in its … Read More

PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault on French Ontario and Catholicism in the Schooling Context

Ph.D. Candidate Jean-François Nault has published an article in Études d’histoire religieuse, entitled “Le choix de l’école catholique de langue française en Ontario : mutations du rapport identitaire des Franco-Ontariens au catholicisme.” The article examines the cultural and identity ties Franco-Ontarians have with Catholicism in the schooling context. Jean-François Nault is a Ph.D. Candidate at … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Fernando Calderón-Figueroa, in collaboration with Professor Daniel Silver and Professor Zack Taylor on, “Populism in the City: the Case of Ford Nation”.

Ph.D. Candidate Fernando Calderón-Figueroa, in collaboration with Professor Daniel Silver and Professor Zack Taylor, published an article entitled, “Populism in the City: the Case of Ford Nation”, in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. The article analyzes Rob Ford’s 2010 campaign and mayoralty in Toronto, and how it reveals the potential for the emergence of … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Merin Oleschuk on “In Today’s Market, Your Food Chooses You”

Ph.D. Candidate Merin Oleschuk has published an article in Social Problems, entitled “In Today’s Market, Your Food Chooses You’: News Media Constructions of Responsibility for Health through Home Cooking.” The article examines North American national news media’s 2015–16 presentation of family meals, and deconstructs many of the presumptions made in relation to families’ decisions about mealtimes. … Read More

Congratulations to Ioana Sendroiu, recipient of the 2019 Daniel G Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

Congratulations to Ioana Sendroiu, winner of the 2018-19 Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology at the University of Toronto. The prize honours Daniel G. Hill who was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian.  He received his Ph.D. in our department in 1960.  Dr Hill applied his … Read More

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett discusses the violence and culture in MMA Fighting

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett has written an article using concepts within cultural sociology to analyze the perceptions and understandings of violence in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In particular, he looks at the ability of MMA to be viewed as a legitimate cultural form with artistic merits. Gordon Brett is a Doctoral Candidate at the University … Read More

PhD Candidate Lawrence Williams on the automatic yet temporary use of schemata in everyday reasoning

Ph.D. Candidate Lawrence Williams published an article in European Journal of Cultural Studies entitled, “Thinking through death and employment: The automatic yet temporary use of schemata in everyday reasoning.” The article addresses the issue of schematic failure through an analysis of in-depth interviews. In these, respondents were asked a series of questions in the domains … Read More

PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault and Professor E.-Martin Meunier on Quebec and Its Relationship to Catholicism

PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault, in collaboration with Professor E.-Martin Meunier, has published an article in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, entitled “Is Quebec Still a Catholically Distinct Society within Canada? An Examination of Catholic Affiliation and Mass Attendance.” The article explores Quebec and its relationship to Catholicism since the Quiet Revolution. The authors examine the determinants … Read More

PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault and Professor E.-Martin Meunier on Francophone Catholicity of the Archdiocese of Ottawa

PhD Candidate Jean-François Nault, in collaboration with Professor E.-Martin Meunier, has published an article in Francophonies d’Amérique, entitled “L’archidiocèse catholique d’Ottawa et sa francophonie : portrait statistique, comparaison et analyse sociohistorique (1968-2008).” This article examines the dynamics of Francophone catholicity of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the broader Ontarian context. Jean-François Nault is a Ph.D. … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor comments on “culture shifts” in the music streaming universe

In an article by CTV News, Professor Judith Taylor commented on how certain changes in the music streaming universe are part of a broader phenomenon, where the public is pressuring musicians to hold their colleagues accountable for their actions. Many artists, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion, are taking down their collaborations with R. Kelly … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Transnational Foodways

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk published an article in Anthropologica that discusses the role of culinary traditions in shaping identity among female South Sudanese refugees living in Alberta. She argues that these ‘foodways’ allowed the women to exercise their agency in their new environment. Merin Oleschuk is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying the … Read More

PhD Graduate Sarah Cappeliez and Professor Josée Johnston on Everyday Culinary Cosmopolitanism

PhD Graduate Sarah Cappeliez and Professor Josée Johnston published an article in Poetics that explores how cosmopolitanism is expressed through everyday food consumption in Toronto and Vancouver. Based on the lived experience of twenty families, the authors define three different modes of cosmopolitan consumption. Sarah Cappeliez obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto … Read More

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat and Professor Shyon Baumann on Caring Consumption as Marketing Schema

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat and Sociology Professor Shyon Baumann published an article in the Journal of Gender Studies that analyzes Canadian television advertisements and their role in reproducing ideas about gender and motherhood. They find that women depicted as mothers in advertisements were portrayed as consuming for the benefit of others, while women who were not … Read More

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat on Musical Form and Content in the American Recording Industry

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat published an article in the Sociological Forum analyzing musical form and content in the American recording industry. The article explores processes of innovation and diversity within the industry during the emergence of digital technology, from 1990-2009. De Laat argues that the ways in which types of innovation and diversity interact have broad … Read More