2016 Call for CSA Abstract Proposals

Research Cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Sessions for 2016 CSA conference

Session 1:

Organizer:
Bonnie Fox
Department of Sociology
University of Toronto
Email: bfox@chass.utoronto.ca

Title: Earning and caring: The work of making and sustaining families
Description:    This session focuses on the conflicts between family and employment responsibilities, and other experiences of the difficulties of sustaining families in a neoliberal context. Papers on issues such as supporting families on low and unstable earnings, work/family conflicts, stresses on intimate relationships due to employment insecurity, and other issues arising in the current political economic context are welcome.

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Session format:  Regular
Session language:  English

Session 2:

Organizers:
Susan Braedley
School of Social Work
Carleton University
Email: susan.braedley@carleton.ca

Lesley Cornelisse
Institute for Community Prosperity
Mount Royal University
Email: lcornelisse@mtroyal.ca

Title: The politics of care policy: Child care, disability care, elder care

Description: Care policies are diverse and complicated in Canada, not only in terms of the many care needs and problems they may address, the jurisdiction and levels of government involved and the scale of the programs that result, but also in terms of advocacy and activism strategies. What does this political terrain reflect and reveal about a Canadian sociology of care, and where does it lead? This session aims to explore the politics of care through a sociological lens, in order to critically explore continuities, disjunctures and creative possibilities within and across care policies, care activism and advocacy across Canada.   The session welcomes papers that focus on the relationships among policies and care arrangements in Canada in paid and/or unpaid care provision, including papers that consider advocacy and activism in these areas. Papers that assess these arrangements by exploring the relationships of gender, race, class and indigeneity are particularly welcome. Areas of interest include foster care, long-term care, home care, compassionate leaves, parental leaves, child care, individualized funding policies,   live-in caregiver policies and regulations affecting care labour.

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Session format: Regular
Session language: English
 

Session 3:
 
Organizer:
Sarah Knudson
St. Thomas More College
University of Saskatchewan
Email: sknudson@stmcollege.ca

Title: Families in contexts of cultural diversity

Description: A substantial body of work in the sociology of families focuses on growing diversity of family patterns.  This session acknowledges that scholarship, while turning to the increasing cultural diversity of broader social contexts and questioning its influence on families and the study thereof.  How is family life shaped by increasingly diverse contexts?  Which issues or challenges are most salient for families in diverse contexts?  And how does acknowledging diverse contexts influence how we look, theoretically and empirically, at families?  This session aims to bring together papers that consider these lines of inquiry as they apply to the study of families in Canada and beyond.

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Session format: Regular
Session language: English

Session 4:
 
Organizers: 
Glenda Wall
Department of Sociology
Wilfrid Laurier University
Email: gwall@wlu.ca

Gillian Ranson
Department of Sociology
University of Calgary
Email: ranson@ucalgary.ca

Title: Parenting culture and experience

Description: The focus of this session is on contemporary cultural understandings of motherhood and fatherhood, and the implications of these understandings for the experience of mothers and fathers.  We welcome papers that address social constructions of motherhood and fatherhood, as well as those which explore the structural factors that reflect, interact with, and reinforce collective subjectivity, and those which examine the experiences of mothers and fathers within current structural and cultural contexts.

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Session format: Regular
Session language: English

Session 5:
 
Organizer: 
Sara Dorow
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
Email: sdorow@ualberta.ca

Title: The politics of mobility: Gender, family, work

Description: The “mobility turn” in social science scholarship has increasingly drawn attention to movement across different socio-spatial scales.  At the same time, it has been critiqued for not adequately addressing how such movements both constitute and are constituted by forms of power and inequality, including the gendered relations between work and family (Roseman et al. 2015; Baerenholdt 2013). This session invites papers that explore the gendered politics of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) (Haan et al. 2014). E-RGM refers to the spectrum of mobilities—from long daily commutes to temporary long-distance re-location for work—that are driven by work activities. It then asks how such work-related movements are embedded in, and have an effect on, the broader social contexts of working individuals, including gendered relations of production and social reproduction. How does attention to mobility across scales—from the local and everyday to the transnational and institutional—illuminate uneven (re)configurations of family and paid and unpaid work? How does asking about relations of gender, family and work open up new ways of understanding mobility and immobility? The session welcomes papers that take up one or both of these questions from any number of conceptual entry points (e.g., intersectionality, governmentality, transnationalism, feminist political economy, embodiment, etc.) to critically analyze the gendered politics of mobile work

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care
Session format: Regular
Session language: English

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