Sessions for 2017 CSA Conference

Research Cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care

Sessions for 2017 CSA conference

Happy New Year!  Just a reminder that abstracts for the 2017 CSA conference sessions are due Jan. 27.  Details of the sessions being offered under the umbrella of our research cluster are attached for your information, though abstract submission should be done on line.

https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/session_clusters/critical-sociology-of-families-work-and-care/

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:

Organizer:
Casey Scheibling
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Email: scheibc@mcmaster.ca

Title: 
Fathers and fatherhood

Description:
Fatherhood studies continue to be an important and prolific subfield of the sociology of families. In our current epoch marked by shifts in gender, economic instability, and technological advances, the time is ripe for continuing critical investigations of fatherhood in Canada and around the world. This session aims to contribute to timely sociological debates about changes and stability in many aspects of fatherhood. We invite papers that address the social construction of fatherhood, lived experiences of fathering, and structural forces affecting fathers today. Some possible topic areas include: father involvement; intersectional approaches to fatherhood; studies of diverse father identities (e.g. stay-at-home fathers; LGBT fathers; single fathers; step-fathers); fatherhood and masculinities; cultural representations of fatherhood; the politics of fatherhood in North America; fathers’ rights activism; male (in)fertility and procreative knowledge; men’s experiences of work-family balance or conflict. We welcome papers from any theoretical and methodological orientation.

Primary session category: Research cluster: Critical Sociology of Families, Work and Care

Session format: Regular

Session language: English

Session 3:

Organizers:               
Amber Gazso
Department of Sociology
York University
Email: agazso@yorku.ca

Karen Kobayashi
Department of Sociology
University of Victoria
Email: kmkobay@uvic.ca
Title:                           
Continuity and innovation in Canadian families

Description:
This session invites papers that engage with the themes of continuity and innovation with regard to understanding and researching Canadian families in our contemporary moment and over time.  Specifically, we invite papers that underscore social change or innovation in Canadian families, but also purposefully consider continuity (that which seems to remain constant) in families over time, such as norms, attitudes, beliefs, interactions, practices, processes, and ideologies. We note that these considerations would be particularly salient in papers that consider how the social processes of immigration, aging, gendering, generationing, and racialization impact an increasing number of Canadian families today.

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

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