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Sociology of Culture

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat and Professor Shyon Baumann on the Underrepresentation of Older Women in Advertising

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat and Professor Shyon Baumann published an article in Poetics analyzing cultural schemas in television advertisements to determine the impact of underrepresentation of older women in media content. They argue that the degree of underrepresentation indicates a devaluation of the demographic, which may have negative social implications. Shyon Baumann is a Professor … Read More

PhD candidate Merin Oleschuk on Authenticity and Exoticism in Ominvorous Food Culture

Merin Oleschuk has published an article in Cultural Sociology that analyzes racial inequalities in gourmet food culture and the framing of food as exotic and authentic. The article is based on interviews with foodies of colour to explore how they engage with the discourse and finds that both frames of authenticity and exoticism can encourage cross-cultural understanding … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Ethical Eating and Neighbourhoods

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Michelle Szabo (Sheridan), published an article in Sociology. The article examines how ethical consumption choices regarding food vary across neighbourhoods. The authors argue that ‘ethical eating’ practices vary greatly with both neighbourhood and social class. Alexandra Rodney obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Celebrity Chefs and Inequality

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Phillipa Chong (McMaster), published an article in Poetics. The article explores how celebrity chefs reproduce social norms regarding race, class, and gender. The authors argue that the personas created by these individuals are usually gendered, racialized, and classed in a way that contributes further … Read More

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green on Marital Monogamy

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green, in collaboration with Barry Adam (University of Windsor), published an article in the Journal of Marriage & Family. The article discusses the evolution of conceptions of marital monogamy over time and its role as an ideal in marriage today. Jenna Valleriani obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University … Read More

Professor Andrew Miles sheds light on the foundations of moral differences

How do differences in morality emerge? Professor Andrew Miles is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research (IDG 2018) to understand the foundations of moral differences. While morality’s effects are often beneficial for individuals and societies, moral differences can also generate sharp disagreement, as evidenced by continued controversies in Canada and elsewhere surrounding abortion, same sex marriage, and … Read More

“Caring Across Borders: The Transformation of Care and Care Work” Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun for Global Dialogue

Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun has recently co-written an article that has been featured in Global Dialogue, the digital magazine of the International Sociological Association. The article discusses how market interventions and transnational circuits of care work have altered social relations and modes of belonging, from the moment of conception to end-of-life experiences. Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun … Read More

Dr. Andrew Miles Featured in UTM’s “The Medium”

The University of Toronto Mississauga’s student newspaper, The Medium,  recently published an interview with Professor Andrew Miles. The article focused on Miles’ newly funded research that asks whether adhering to morals can make people happy. His study, “Living Right, Feeling Good: The Effects of Moral Action on Positive Emotion,” focuses on understanding human behaviour (why … Read More

UTM News Professor Kristin Plys interviewed by UTM News regarding her India Coffee House research

Congratulations to Professor Kristin Plys who recently received the  Connaught Funding to study coffee houses as a site of anti-authoritarian protest in India and Pakistan in the early and mid 20th century. Professor Plys is an associate professor of Sociology with teaching responsibilities  at UTM. Her research sits at the intersection of political economy, postcolonial theory, … Read More

“Feminism gone bad? Women’s organisations and the hard right in Germany” writes Professor Anna Korteweg for Open Democracy

Professor Anna Korteweg has co-written a blog article for openDemocracy.net  about the unintended alliance of some anti-Muslim German feminists with far-right actors as both make issue of the “Islamization of Germany.” OpenDemocracy describes itself as a news media platform that uses “human rights as (their) central guiding focus, and open-mindedness as (their) method.” In the … Read More

PhD Student Anson Au receives Mitacs Globalink Research Award for study in South Korea

Thanks to a MITACS Globalink Research Award, Anson Au has been spending the summer of 2018 in South Korea conducting research into attitudes towards plastic surgery. Designed to encourage international collaboration, the MITACS Globalink Research Award provides funding for students in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas. Anson used his award to … Read More

Congratulations to Merin Oleschuk, recipient of CAFS Student Paper Award

Congratulations go to Merin Oleschuk whose paper, Foodies of Colour: Authenticity and Exoticism in Omnivorous Food Culture” published in Cultural Sociology recently received the Canadian Association for Food Studies’ Student Paper Award. The CAFS established  the Student Paper award in 2011 to recognize scholarly excellence and encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is offered annually … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Ethical Eating and Class

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Michelle Szabo (Sheridan), published an article in the Journal of Consumer Culture. Their article analyzes how class background affects ethical consumption choices regarding food. They find that those with greater privilege are often more active in ‘ethical eating’, but that low income communities find ways … Read More

Professor Josee Johnston Featured on CBC Ideas show “The Restaurant: A Table Divided”

Professor Josée Johnston was recently featured in a CBC Radio Ideas documentary The Restaurant: A Table Divided. Produced by Michelle Macklem and Zoe Tennant, the documentary  examines how the institution of the restaurant reflects the nature of our social world. Along with food historians and restaurateurs, Professor Johnston weighs in on the role of the restaurant in today’s … Read More

PhD Candidate Athena Engman, Professor Shyon Baumann, and Professor Josée Johnston on Ethical Food Consumption

PhD Candidate Athena Engman, Professor Shyon Baumann, and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Emily Huddart-Kennedy (Washington State University), published an article in Canadian Food Studies. The article analyzes how motivations for ethical food consumption vary across demographic groups and types of food. The authors find that, in Toronto, motivations to purchase organic food often came … Read More

PhD Candidate Athena Engman, Professor Shyon Baumann, and Professor Josée Johnston on Political Consumption, Conventional Politics, and High Cultural Consumption

PhD Candidate Athena Engman, Professor Shyon Baumann, and Professor Josée Johnston published an article in the International Journal of Consumer Studies. The article analyzes political consumption (referring to consumption that supports a political or ethical position) and its relationship with conventional forms of politics. The authors find that, contrary to earlier arguments, political consumption has not replaced conventional political … Read More

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron co-authors article on reflexivity and intersecting identities in post-positivist research

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron, in collaboration with Professors Arshia Zaidi and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, has published an article in Qualitative Sociology Review, entitled “Reflexive accounts: Exploring intersectionality and the fluidity of insider/outsider status on the impact on culturally and religiously sensitive post-positivist research.” The article examines the implications of researchers’ intersecting identities in qualitative research in … Read More

Working Paper 2018-02

Eating for Taste and Eating for Change: Ethical Consumption as a High Status Practice Emily Huddart Kennedy, Washington State University Shyon Baumann, University of Toronto Josée Johnston, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2018-02 March 2018 Keywords: cultural capital, food, ethical consumption Full Article Abstract Under what conditions is ethical consumption a high … Read More

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Dan Silver on the place of the classic in Social Theory classes

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Professor Dan Silver have recently published a paper assessing the practice of teaching theory in Canadian sociology courses. The paper, published in Canadian Review of Sociology,  reports on analyses of the courses taught in 64 Canadian degree-granting sociology programs, the instructors of theory courses, and theory course syllabi from 2012 to … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Alexandra Rodney on her postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph

Congratulations to Alexandra Rodney, who has started a postdoctoral position on the Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership initiative at the University of Guelph. Alexandra recently received her PhD after completing her dissertation, Healthy is the New Thin: The Discursive Production of Women’s Healthy Living Media, under the supervision of Josée Johnston (chair), Shyon Baumann, and Elaine … Read More