Call for Papers: Reading Sociology (4th edition)

Feb 17 2021


Working Title

Reading Sociology (4th edition)[1]Unsettling a Settler Colonial Project & Re/writing Sociological Narratives

Co-editors/Editorial Team

  • Johanne Jean-Pierre, Ryerson University

  • Vanessa Watts, McMaster University

  • Carl E. James, York University

  • Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University

  • Xiaobei Chen, Carleton University

  • Michael Graydon, Algoma University

A Turning Point for Our Sociological Imagination 

By hook or by crook, universities across the country are beginning to take more seriously their commitments to decolonization and anti-racism, as community members critically question structural inequalities experienced by students, staff, faculty and other community members.

Many Sociology departments across the country are committed to dramatically altering their approach to teaching and learning about Canadian society. Some departments are doing away with typical or traditional sociology courses in favor of a suite of lectures, modules, or entire classes that are beginning to shift their focus to land, power and treaty relations, and to the sociology in everyday life as experienced by a wider, more diverse, and often-times marginalized set of people, communities and publics. The 4th edition of Reading Sociology will position itself in the centre of this long overdue shift.

Reading Sociology, 4th Edition’s Premise

Canadian Sociology and the Sociology of Canada needs attention and thoughtful disruption. Many voices and accounts have been left out of the dominant narratives. Too many systemic barriers have been invisible to too many of us, while being too prominent and silencing to many others among us.

This new edition of Reading Sociology will bring together a collection of  authors and area experts who through their scholarship, activism, and practice are helping to reassess and re/narrate the colonial project that is Canada, and in doing so provide a new sociology of Canada. The new edition will begin with a historical situating of Turtle Island as central to this narrative.

The collection will be accessible, engaging and affordable. All royalties will go to the CSA to support Indigenous, Black, and other racialized (BIPOC) student members and junior scholars.


The collection will include about 40-50 short chapters, organized into about 4 or 5 sections. Each chapter will be short–no longer than 2500 words–focused and clearly written. Authors are asked to integrate and emphasize tangible, real world cases, current affairs, and even their biographies if applicable.

To maintain a cohesive structure (for student learning) and to provide pedagogical content for (often precariously employed) instructors, each author will be asked to include the following in their chapter:

  • 3 bulleted learning objectives

  • 3-5 bolded key terms with glossary definitions (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • A clear, student-friendly introduction

  • If applicable, student-oriented attention to outlining theory and methods

  • A clear conclusion

  • 3 bulleted summary points

  • Reference list (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • 3-5 multiple choice questions (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • 3-5 critical engagement questions (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • If possible, 1-2 larger innovative individual or group assignment ideas (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • if applicable, an infographic summarizing their work (optional) (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • 2-3 suggested readings (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • 2-3 suggested websites, blogs, podcasts, and films (not included in the 2500 word count)

For those interested in being considered 

Please complete an abstract using this online form by April 15, 2021.

Information to be included;

  • Author and co-author (if applicable) name, email address, affiliation, bio, Canadian Sociological Association membership status

  • Chapter title, abstract, and keywords

  • The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) is committed to the values and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. We recognize that we owe, in part, the richness and vibrancy of our Association to the diversity of our membership. We aim to reflect this diversity in the leadership of our Association. To this end, the CSA invites and encourages submissions from members of marginalized groups, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as women and/or LGBTQ2+, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of the Association. We recognize and honour the intersectionality of equity-based identities.

Proposed Timeline

The timeline will be adjusted to accommodate the extended deadline.

  • Abstracts Due: Monday March 1, 2021 

  • Decision on Abstracts (accept; accept with revisions; not accept): week of April 12th, 2021

  • Full Chapters Due: Monday June 21, 2021

  • Feedback to Authors: Week of August 30, 2021 (accept; accept with revisions; not accept)

  • Revised Chapters Resubmitted by Authors: Monday Oct 18, 2021

  • Sent for Review by Oxford: Dec. 2021

  • Additional Revisions by Chapter Authors: Feb. 2022


[1] Reading Sociology, 3rd Edition:

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