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Urban Sociology

This cluster provides a platform for Canadian researchers working in the domain of urban sociology. We welcome sociologists whose work seeks to understand human interactions and institutions in urban areas both in Canada and globally. This includes research on topics that explore the various and interrelated dimensions of cultural, economic and social life in cities such as housing inequality, gentrification, race, gender and sexuality in the city, the changing nature of work in the sharing economy, and relationship between urban design and sociability. Embracing a variety of empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives this new cluster will provide a space for both long-standing and emerging debates on the role of cities and urbanization in Canadian society.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Cluster activities, please contact Andrew Crosby.

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Interested in what Canadian urban sociologists’ have been up to? Here’s a list of of just a few publications from our cluster members.  Let us know if you would like to be added to this list.


Crosby, Andrew. 2021. “(Re)mapping Akikodjiwan: Spatial Logics of Dispossession in the Settler-Colonial City.” Urban History Review 49(1): 84-107.


Crosby, Andrew. 2020. “Financialized Gentrification, Demoviction, and Landlord Tactics to Demobilize Tenant Organizing.” Geoforum 108: 184-193.

Doering, Jan. 2020. “Ethno-Racial Appeals and the Production of Political Capital: Evidence from Chicago and Toronto.” Urban Affairs Review 56(4): 1053-1085.


Horgan, Mervyn. 2019. “Everyday Incivility and the Urban Interaction Order: Theorizing Moral Affordances in Ritualized Interaction.” Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict 7(1): 32-55.

Patterson, Matt. 2019. “Architecture as Performance Art: Evaluating ‘Iconic Power’ in the Development of Two Museums.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology (Online ahead of print).

Silver, Daniel., Taylor, Zack and Fernando Calderón-Figueroa. 2019. “Populism in the City: The Case of Ford Nation.” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (Online ahead of print).

Stillwagon, Ryan and Amin Ghaziani. 2019. “Queer Pop-Ups: A Cultural Innovation in Urban Life.” City & Community (Online ahead of print).

Vanzella-Yang, Adam. 2019. “Time, Place, and Home: Exploring Meanings of Home in Vancouver.” City & Community 18(1): 238-356.


Ghaziani, Amin and Ryan Stillwagon. 2018. “Queer Pop-Ups.” Contexts 17(1): 78-80.

Horgan, Mervyn. 2018. “Territorial Stigmatization and Territorial Destigmatization: A Cultural Sociology of Symbolic Strategy in Parkdale’s (Toronto) Gentrification” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 42(3): 500-516

Hyde, Zachary. 2018. “Giving Back to Get Ahead: Altruism as a Developer Strategy of Accumulation through Affordable Housing Policy in Toronto and Vancouver.” Geoforum (Online ahead of print).

Kudla, Daniel and Michael Courey. 2019. “Managing Territorial Stigmatization from the ‘Middle’: The Revitalization of a Post-Industrial Business Improvement Area.” Environment and Planning A (Online ahead of print).

Radice, Martha. 2018. “Putting the Public in Public Art. An Ethnographic Approach to Two Temporary Art Installations. City & Society 30(1): 45-67.