Canadian Journal of Sociology

The Canadian Journal of Sociology is a quarterly journal published by the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alb., Can. Its subject is sociology and its audience are scholars, academics, students and others working in that field.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter

A New Sociology for a New History? Further Critical Thoughts on the Eurasian Similarity and Great Divergence Theses
In "The West and the Rest Revisited" (2006), I offered a critical assessment--theoretical as well as substantive--of recent revisionist scholarship that rejects standard explanatory accounts of the rise of the European powers to global dominance in...
Books received/Livres Recus
Abraham, Sara, Labour and the Multiracial Project in the Caribbean. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, 258 pp., $US 32.95 paper (978-0-7391-1686-9), $US 75.00 hardcover (978-0-7391-1685-2). Adam, Barbara, Future Matters: Action, Knowledge,...
Capitalist Origins, the Advent of Modernity, and Coherent Explanation: A Response to Joseph M. Bryant
For many decades, there has been a "standard story" of the rise of the West. At some point after 1000 AD--whether it was with the medieval commercial expansion; or the early Renaissance rediscovery of ancient Greek thought; or the continental trade...
December 31, 2007: Death and the Endings of an Era?
December 31, 2007. On a day when it is common to reflect on the events of the year just ending, some, no doubt, asked if this was the year when an important movement in social theory ended. This, 2007, was the year Jean Baudrillard died. His passing...
Defining the Explicanda in the 'West and the Rest' Debate: Bryant's Critique and Its Critics
BACKGROUND CONSIDERATIONS Let me begin by putting some cards on the table. My perspective is that of someone trained more than forty years ago in western European history, but who has since worked almost entirely on the history of China, primarily...
Radical Neoliberalism in British Columbia: Remaking Rural Geographies
Abstract. This paper argues that rural regions of British Columbia, Canada, are currently the subject of a radical political-economic experiment dismantling traditional Fordist and Keynesian approaches to economic development and replacing them with...
Religion, Politics, and Suicide Bombing: An Interpretive Essay
In memory of Baruch Kimmerling (1939-2007) Lord Clifford: The smallest worm will turn being trodden on, And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.... King Henry VI. Full well hath Clifford play'd the orator, Inferring arguments of mighty...
The Closing of the Sociological Mind?
Demographic explosions, ever higher literacy demands, and the revolution in communications have combined and conspired to create an avalanche of research in all fields. In just the past few years, received views of the decline of the Roman Empire,...
"To Pee or Not to Pee?" Ordinary Talk about Extraordinary Exclusions in a University Environment
Abstract. This paper demonstrates the sorts of questions that arise for sociologically informed disability studies scholarship in the midst of the interactional scenes of access struggles in an educational workplace environment. From my experiences...
Understanding Then Funding Game the Textual Coordination of Civil Sector Work
Abstract. This paper investigates how people's work for non-profit organizations, charities, grassroots collectives, and social justice organizations is organized by official funding processes. In my analysis, I attend to the different kinds of text-based...