Author Archives: Kim de Laat

Downplaying threats to women at UofT normalizes culture of misogyny

* This was originally posted at rabble.ca* 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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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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What Celebrity Chefs’ Cookbooks Reveal About Inequality in Cultural Fields

By Alexandra Rodney Whether you’re channel surfing or browsing in a bookstore, it’s hard to ignore the presence of celebrity chefs and the cultural objects they produce across a variety of platforms. While we think of a chef as someone … Continue reading

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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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