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Dean Curran

  • Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

  W2018 - SOCI 333 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
  W2018 - SOCI 401.53 - Special Topics in Sociology (Social Theory and the Law)

Current Research

My current research explores some of the interconnections between contemporary risk and inequality. By trying to develop frameworks that can understand the diverse impacts of environmental, financial and digital risk my research seeks to analyze the various ways in which changes in contemporary risk are affecting existing power relations. 

I also have more general research and teaching interests, including classical and contemporary social theory; the sociology of risk (including the work on Mary Douglas and Luhmann), environmental sociology, economic sociology, social theory and the law, and the sociology of the digital and of finance and have published and presented work on each of these different areas. 

Grants and Awards

  • SSHRC, Insight Development Grant, (PI) 2015-17, $74,308
  • University of Calgary T.E.A. - Honourable Mention Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts (2014-15)
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lancaster University, UK, 2013-15 (ended July 2014 to start as Assistant Professor at University of Calgary), $81,000

 

Publications

2017

Dean Curran. "The Treadmill of Production and the Positional Economy of Consumption". Canadian Review of Sociology 54.1 (2017): 28-47.

Dean Curran. "Beck’s Creative Challenge to Class Analysis: From the Rejection of Class to the Discovery of Risk-Class". Journal of Risk Research, (2017).

Dean Curran. "Risk, Innovation, and Democracy in the Digital Economy’". European Journal of Social Theory, (2017).

Dean Curran. "Environmental Justice meets Risk-Class: The Relational Distribution of Environmental Bads". Antipode (forthcoming).

Dean Curran'Climate change, resilience, and the generation of risk-classes'  in B. Hutter (ed.) Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law. Elgar. (2017).

Dean Curran'Le risque dans une société mondialisée'  France Forum, (janvier): 10-12. (2017).


2016

Dean CurranRisk, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century London: Palgrave Macmillan, (2016).

Dean Curran. "Risk Society and Marxism: Beyond Simple Antagonism". Journal of Classical Sociology 16.3 (2016): 280-96.

Dean Curran'Risk, Risk Society, Risk Behavior, and Social Problems'  in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell. (2016).


2015

Dean Curran. "Risk illusion and organized irresponsibility in contemporary finance: rethinking class and risk society". Economy and Society 44.3 (2015): 392-417.


2014

Dean Curran. "The Challenge of the Financial Crisis for Contemporary Sociology (Review Essay)". Sociology 48.5 (2014): 1048-54.


2013

Dean Curran. "Risk Society and the Distribution of Bads: Theorizing Class in the Risk Society". British Journal of Sociology 64.1 (2013): 44-62.

Dean Curran. "What is a Critical Theory of the Risk Society? A Reply to Beck". British Journal of Sociology 64.1 (2013): 75-80.


2012

Dean Curran"McWorld" in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Wiley-Blackwell. (2012).

Degrees

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