Inequality and sociology: Where are we now?

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary

Since its beginning, Sociology has made important contribution to our understanding of socio-economic inequality. In recent years, however, much of our focus has shifted away from issues related to social class and economic inequality. This panel of CSA Outstanding Contribution Award recipients challenges sociologist to produce new knowledge in this area. The panel will discuss their own work on social class, economic inequality (both in terms of wealth and incomes) and the consequences of inequality for society and politics.


Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University

Dr. Albanese is the president-elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board and a past president of the Canadian Sociological Association. She is doing research and publishing in the areas of policies affecting children, youth and families, including on the well-being of youth in Canadian Forces families (with Dr. Deborah Harrison, UNB); and on how care is conceptualized in Canadian family policies (with Drs. Rachel Langford; Ryerson U; Kate Bezanson, Brock U.; and Susan Prentice, U. of Manitoba). She was interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology (2011-2012), interim director of the PhD in Policy Studies (2013), and interim director of Arts and Contemporary Studies (2016-2017). She is the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award.

Robert Anderson, Western University

Dr. Robert Andersen is Dean of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Oxford and Brock University. Andersen’s general research interests are in political economy and social stratification. Much of his recent research explores the relationship between economic inequality and democratic attitudes and behaviours in cross-national perspective. His publications include Modern Methods for Robust Regression (Sage, 2008), and more than 70 academic papers, including articles in the Annual Review of Sociology, American Journal of Political Science, and the American Sociological Review. Andersen has also consulted for the UN, EU, Canadian Government and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

Simon Langlois, University of Laval

Dr. Simon Langlois est professeur émérite au département de sociologie de l’université Laval. Ses champs d’intérêts sont la stratification sociale et la sociologie de la consommation. Il a publié récemment Le Québec change (2017) et Refondations nationales au Canada et au Québec (2018). Il a été élu membre de la Société royale du Canada et il a été président de L’Académie canadienne des sciences sociales. Il est membre de la Société des Dix et il a reçu le prix Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sociology in Canada en 2017.




Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph, Canadian Sociological Association President (2018-2019)

Dr. Myrna Dawson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (CSSLRV), College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph. Dawson is also Co-Director of the recently-established Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative Dawson has been an International Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 2011; a TC Beirne School of Law Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Queensland, 2012; and a Visiting Scholar, Griffith University, Queensland, 2016, where she was recently appointed an Adjunct Professor.