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A brief Q&A with Shyon Baumann, incoming co-editor of Poetics

by Kim de Laat Shyon Baumann is a sociologist of culture and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto*. He examines how culture contributes to the re/production of inequality, with a specific focus on processes of evaluation and … Continue reading

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Book Corner: Gender Failure, by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote

Welcome back to Book Corner, an irregularly scheduled feature where I (and any other Culture Cluster members who want to share what they’ve been reading) review books from off the beaten path—or at least, from outside the academy—that we might … Continue reading

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Book Corner: The Age of the Image, by Stephen Apkon

by Diana Miller Welcome to a new and irregularly scheduled feature on the CSA Culture Cluster blog: Book Corner, where I (and any other cluster members who would like to share what they’ve been reading) will highlight interesting and sociologically … Continue reading

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Downplaying threats to women at UofT normalizes culture of misogyny

* This was originally posted at* For university students, professors and instructors in Toronto, the start of a new academic year is generally associated with excitement and some jitters, but not the threat of death. Last week, the University … Continue reading

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Film Corner, Hot Docs 2015 Edition: Love between the Covers and Foodies

by Diana Miller Welcome back for a special installment of Book Corner (temporarily rebranded as Film Corner), an irregularly scheduled feature that reviews sociologically engaging works from outside the academy. Toronto recently hosted the 2015 Hot Docs documentary film festival, … Continue reading

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Film Corner: Finding Vivian Maier

By Diana Miller I’m admittedly a little late to this party – Finding Vivian Maier has been out so long that it’s sure to be on Netflix any minute now. But it’s better to discover a gem late than never, isn’t it? … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Publication Announcement: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry

We would like to announce the forthcoming publication of Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry, edited by Nancy Duxbury, Will Garrett-Petts, David MacLennan. It is expected to be in print in November 2014, within the “Routledge Advances in Research Methods” series. This edited collection provides … Continue reading

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Local Culture, Place and Politics

by Diana Miller We’ve all heard physical spaces—provinces, cities, and even neighbourhoods—described with political or ideological characteristics; for example, as liberal neighbourhoods or conservative strongholds. Those labels obviously describe the people in those environments, and how they typically vote. But, … Continue reading

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Managing conflict and rewards in postbureaucratic work environments: The case of songwriters

*This was originally posted at Work in Progress* By Kim de Laat Postbureaucratic work environments are flexible, project-based settings characterized by consensus-building. They are often hailed as an improvement over the rigid job hierarchies and inflexible working conditions found in … Continue reading

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Precarious Labour and the Ethics of Tipped Work

by Diana Miller On Monday September 16th, hotel chain Marriott International announced its participation in a campaign called “The Envelope Please,” an initiative that places envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage guests to tip. The campaign is spearheaded by A … Continue reading

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