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The Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary is among the top rated research

oriented departments in the country. Our programs at all levels emphasize core knowledge

in classical and contemporary social theories, social statistics and diverse sociological methods.

In addition, the faculty has a wide range of substantive interests.

Around the Department

Pallavi Banerjee’s research has focused on gender, race and class dynamics among globally mobile South Asian families. In particular, she provides critical feminist analysis of the global migration of highly-skilled Indian workers and their families and the effects of US visa policies on these families, which has directly affected US immigration policy for highly-skilled temporary workers.

In this tenth and celebratory volume in the Research in the Sociology of Sport series, ten recognized sport scholars from around the world reflect on their respective academic journeys. They each address ten questions summarizing their career and their view of the current and future status of the sociology of sport.  Each chapter addresses four main themes:

  • About the author: who are your mentors and influential figures? What is your research trajectory?
  • About sport: why does sport matter? How should sport be studied? Is sport a panacea for social problems?
  • About practising sociology of sport: is teaching sociology of sport easy? Do sociologists like sport? Is the sociologist of sport a ‘public intellectual?
  • About sociology of sport in the academy: does sociology of sport face institutional or industry barriers? What is the future of the sociology of sport?

While the ten questions are salient for everyone in the academy irrespective of field of study, they seem particularly trenchant for sociologists of sport as the subfield reaches a chronological milestone and continues to undergo its own maturation. Following quickly on the heels of volume 9 (Sociology of Sport: A Global Subdiscipline in Review – a comprehensive review of sociology of sport in 23 countries/regions), volume 10 now completes the ‘double celebration’ of this book series as the sociology of sport subfield turns 50.

Sub-grants awarded by Libraries and Cultural Resources under innovative project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Between September 14 and October 5, 2017 students enrolled in Sociology of Poverty set out to plan and facilitate small fundraisers to generate funding for the Calgary Dream Center’s Toonies for Turkeys campaign.

The Calgary Dream Center is a faith-based organization that provides services to those seeking to recover from addictions and transition into housing. The Toonies for Turkeys campaign called for donations in order to provide homeless and low-income Calgarians with a warm Thanksgiving dinner. Students in the class formed small teams, each in charge of developing their own fundraising strategy. In addition, we placed a donation box in the department’s main office, which generated $71 from faculty, staff and graduate students. The Sociology Student Association also collected donations, generating $78.Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.

The students were exceptionally successful in soliciting donations over a fairly short period of time. As a group, we raised a total of $3151.85, which we delivered on October 5th during the Calgary Dream Centre Shine FM Radiothon, when students had the opportunity to go on air to talk about their fundraising efforts.

The campaign was a great success and we are looking forward to collaborating with The Calgary Dream Centre and other community organizations in the future.

In the Media

In an article titled “Chinese techno-immigrants in Western Canada,” two sociologists describe how U.S. corporations, including Microsoft, have opened high-tech arms in Metro Vancouver to capitalize on Canada’s less-restrictive approach to migration.

“High-tech computer programming and computer systems analysis have been the two most common intended occupations of all skilled immigrants to Canada, most of whom come from Asia,” write SFU’s Karl Froschauer and the University of Calgary’s Lloyd Wong.

The university has conducted two scientific studies in co-ordination with TUCFA on the gender gap in academic salaries, the first in 2004 and the second in 2011. Data on all full-time academic employees (not sessional instructors) was obtained from Human Resources, following the appropriate confidentiality protocols. The first study was conducted by Dr. Jean Wallace and the second by Dr. Jenny Godley, both faculty members in the Department of Sociology.