Karl Polanyi has become a canonical thinker in sociology and beyond. His book The Great Transformation, has become a classic that touches on almost every subfield of sociology. Its influence extends far beyond sociology to economics, political science, geography and anthropology. Being a critique of the market economy for the way it destroys the fabric […]

by Howard Ramos, President of the Canadian Sociological Association and Dalhousie University; Rima Wilkes, President-Elect of the Canadian Sociological Association and University of British Columbia; and Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Canada In the last few years the world has witnessed the rise of nativism, xenophobia, the Brexit vote, and the election of Donald Trump. It […]

by Daniel Béland, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Canada, and President of ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) In most of the world, sociology has a lower profile within policy circles than economics – a status reflected in former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dismissive call against “committing […]

by Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto, Canada and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Migration (RC31) Sociology remains a crucial voice in public debate because it challenges common-sense understanding of pressing social issues. Consider, for example, migration and immigration. In Canada, and other settler countries, immigration is commonly understood as a permanent move, […]

by Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada While cities around the world are seeing a rise in racism and nativism, this trend appears to have bypassed Toronto. This might be surprising, since Toronto is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, and, like other major cities, it is also host to both the best and […]

by Karen Foster, Dalhousie University, Canada To many, 2016 marked the end of the world as we knew it. The populist revolts represented by the Brexit vote and Trump electoral victory, the violence of Duterte in the Philippines, and a resurgence of authoritarian governments and political parties have shaken the neoliberal democratic capitalist order. Alongside […]

by Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Canada and Board Member of the ISA’s Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) To invite sociologists to engage with the media at this particular moment hardly appears propitious. A proliferation of populist nationalisms and religious fundamentalisms is emboldening politicians and celebrities – categories that seem increasingly blurred in our infotainment […]

by Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Canada, and Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University, Canada At the turn of the 21st century, several senior scholars sounded alarm bells about the state of Canadian sociology. Bruce Curtis and Lorna Weir argued that English Canadian sociology suffered from “a weak sense of sociology as a craft with distinctive knowledges, skills, […]

by François Lachapelle, University of British Columbia, Canada “Where society comes from is an extremely important question. Because you [Westerners] are born in a country with a society, [the very concept of society] is taken for granted. This is completely different for us. We have to start anew.” Interview with Shen Yuan, 2012, Tsinghua University, […]

by Fuyuki Kurasawa, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada and Board Member of the ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) Given Ulrich Beck’s unrelenting commitment to cosmopolitanism – something that he not only theorized, but lived and deeply felt – perhaps it is appropriate that a commemorative article about his role in North […]