Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-599

Primary Session Category: Political Sociology/Social Justice/Social Movements
Session Code: PSSM6
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Some have argued that civic and political participation is waning in modern democracies. Some of the evidence given for this has included declining voter turnout and civic participation rates, reduced class consciousness and deunionization, and declining levels of trust and faith in government. With income inequality at the highest levels seen in the last 30 years in Canada and with the failure of social movements like the Occupy movement to spur political changes, questions concerning the current state of our democracies have been increasingly asked. This session will tackle these issues and include papers that critically analyze trends in public opinion and civic or political participation. Of particular interest is how these trends relate to inequality. Quantitative papers and those that look at Canada alone or in cross-national comparisons are preferred but studies using qualitative methods and that analyze other countries will also be considered.

Session Organizer: Mitchell McIvor, University of Toronto, Sociology,

Chair: Mitch McIvor


1. Robert James Nonomura

Political consumerism, youth and adulthood: does age predict odds of boycotting/”buycotting”?

2. Melissa Godbout

Inequality, Civic Culture, and Social Trust: How Regional Contexts Matter in Italy

3. Josh Curtis, Robert Andersen

Social Class, Inequality and the Polarization of Policy Preferences: Evidence from 24 OECD Democracies, 1990-2006

4. Ioana Sendroiu

Human Rights in International Fora: Global Commitment and National Differences

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