Department of Sociology hosts launch event for York faculty authors


The Department of Sociology will mark the release of 11 new books by faculty members during a collective book launch on Oct. 23, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Vari Hall’s second-floor staff lounge, Room 2169. There will be a panel discussion and light refreshments will be served.

Faculty launching their books at the event include:

Professor Pat Armstrong, with her book The Privatization of Care. The Case of Nursing Homes (Routledge, 2019). Co-edited with Hugh Armstrong, this book documents moves toward nursing home privatization in six countries and the subsequent consequences.

Armstrong will also launch a second book, co-edited with Ruth Lowndes, called Creative Teamwork: Developing Rapid, Site-Switching Ethnography (Oxford University Press, 2018), which is based on a seven-year project studying best practices at care homes.

Associate professors Deborah Brock, Aryn Martin, Mark Thomas and Rebecca Raby (Brock University) are releasing the second edition of their co-edited volume Power and Everyday Practices (University of Toronto Press, 2019), which uses sociological texts to relate students’ everyday experiences to larger social, political and economic processes.

Brock will also launch Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times (University of British Columbia Press, 2019). The book focuses on how neoliberalism has transformed how we consider our own achievements and how we understand others; it explores how neoliberalism is influencing our ethical reasoning, and how a climate of fear and uncertainty is feeding our willingness to surrender our rights and freedoms.

Thomas has also co-edited the volume Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium (McGill Queens University Press, 2019). The book is an updated analysis of the political-economic transformations shaping contemporary Canadian society.

Associate Professor Ann H. Kim and graduate student Min-Jung Kwak (York University) will launch Outward and Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions (University Toronto Press, 2019). This edited collection features work by key scholars in the field and considers international students across Canada.

Associate Professor Radhika Mongia will launch Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State (Duke University Press, 2018), which asks critical questions about colonial Indian migration and how states came to monopolize control over migration.

Associate Professor Marcello Musto will launch Marx’s Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism (New York: Routledge, 2019). This edited volume includes the proceedings of the biggest international conference in the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Capital’s publication.

Professor Eric Mykhalovskiy and Vivian Namaste (Concordia University) will launch Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS: Contributions from Critical Social Science (University of British Columbia Press, 2019), which explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV-AIDS epidemic and challenges us to develop alternate solutions.

Associate Professor Hara Singh will launch the Hindi and Marathi translation of Recasting Caste: From the Sacred to the Profane (London: Sage, 2018), which confronts the mainstream sociology of caste system.

Associate Professor and Chair Lesley Wood has co-edited the fourth edition of Social Movements 1768-2018 (New York: Routeledge, 2019), a fully updated and revised version of this comprehensive volume of social movements throughout history.

Everyone is welcome to attend and all books will be available for purchase.