Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Tracey Adams

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Tracey Adams, Professor and Chair of Sociology

Recent Activities

July 13, 2016 presented “Variations in Self-Regulation:  Understanding the Present (and reflecting on the future) by Considering the Past” at the meetings of RC 52 (Professional Groups) during the ISA World Forum, University of Vienna, Vienna Austria.

June 2, 2016 presented two papers at the meetings of the Canadian Sociological Association in Calgary Alberta.  The first paper was entitled, “Regulating Professions in Four Canadian Provinces: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Origins”.  The second was co-written with D.W. Livingstone and Peter S. Sawchuk (OISE / University of Toronto): “Engineers’ and Nurses’ Current Perceptions of Career Opportunities: Exploring General Professional Concerns and Potential Class Differences”


Full CV

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Biographical Information

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Toronto
M.A. Sociology, University of Western Ontario
B.A. Hons. Sociology, University of Western Ontario (Gold Medal Winner)

Special Appointments and Honours

2010-15, 2016-19 Chair, Department of Sociology

2012-13 Chair, Canadian Sociological Association Research Advisory Committee (member 2010-13)

2012 Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award
for “Profession: A Useful Concept for Sociological Analysis?”

2008-09 Award of Excellence, USC Teaching Honour Roll

2008-10 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology

2005-07 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology

Tracey Adams is a sociologist who specializes in the sociology of work, occupations and professions, and social inequality. Within this broad area, she has two primary areas of research. The first explores work and social inequality, with a focus on gender, in intersection with class and race. This research explores men’s and women’s experiences in male-dominated and female-dominated work environments, and the way in which work (especially professional and high-status work) is gendered. She has also published (with co-authors) research on the recent work experiences of young workers with disabilities, and the labour-market outcomes of African-Canadian workers in the late nineteenth century. The second research area is professional work in Canada. This research focuses on processes of professionalization in the past and present, inter-professional conflict, inter-professional teamwork, and professional regulation. Professor Adams’ current research project examines professional regulation in five Canadian provinces from Confederation to the present day. As part of this project she is currently comparing the regulation of several alternate health professions that have historically been regulated differently across provinces (chiropody / podiatry, naturopathy, osteopathy). This research also explores state-profession relations more broadly.

Currently Teaching

9153A-001 Sociology of Work

9587B-001 MA Sociological Research

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status: MA, PhD

PhD Theses Supervision

Currently supervising:

Julie Young-Marcellin, Empowerment through Bottom-up Capitalism: Knowledge Production and Transfer

Megan MacCormac, Whole family network analysis: A multi-generational approach to career decision making

Brendan Watts, Employee Misbehaviour in the Canadian Workplace: Sabotage, Loafing and Employee Theft

Recently completed:

Jennifer Silcox, Newsmedia Representations of Girls and Crime (joint supervision with Lorraine Davies).

Godfred Boateng, Exploring the Career Pathways and Lived Experiences of Regulated Nurses in Ontario, Canada.

Completed:

Andrea Flynn, Constructing Categories, Imagining a Nation: A Critical Qualitative Analysis of Canadian Immigration Discourse.

PhD Supervisory Committee Member for Jenna Hennebry, Globalization and the Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: Power, Racialization and Transnationalism in Temporary Migration.

PhD Examining Board Member for Cenk Saracoglu, Migration, Neoliberalism and Ethnicization: The Middle-Class Construction of Kurdish Migrants in Izmir, Turkey.

MA Theses Supervision

Current

Kyle Militello, Workplace Expectations of Post-Secondary Sexual Minority Students

Gwynne Ng, Accessing Preventative Healthcare: Influences on Utilization Among Asian Immigrant Women

Recently Completed:

Van Nguyen, Internal Migration, Networks and Gender Roles among Domestic Workers in Vietnam.

Vanessa Dolishny, "Proving Yourself" in the Medical Profession: Gender and the Experience of Foreign-Trained Doctors in Medical Practices.

Completed:

Diana Szabo, Aesthetic Labour at the Coffee Shop: Exploring Young Workers' Perceptions of the Service Encounter.

Jenna Dixon, Navigating Professional Relationships: Conflict and Consensus in Primary Health Care Teams.

Yvonne Nyinaku, The Development and Professionalisation of Psychiatry in Canada.

Erin Demaiter, Women in the Information Technology (IT) Sector.

Hui Li, Iron Roses Blooming Amidst Thistle and Thorns: Senior Women Executives in Transitional China.

Marsha Branco, Immigrant Labour Market Outcomes in Canada: Accounting for Gender, Age at Arrival, and Country of Origin.

Lauren Barr, Understanding the Effects of Hospital Restructuring: A Study of Stress and Employee Relations.

MA Research Papers Supervision

Lesley Bikos, 'I Took the Blue Pill': The Effect of Hegemonic Police Culture on Canadian Policewomen’s Identities.

Wajeha Chams, Living in a Transnational World: Identity Negotation and Formation Among Second-Generation Lebanese Young Adults Living in London, Ontario.

Alelie Ocampo, Combining Work and Family: The Experiences of Gender and Ethnicity of Visible Minority Women in Leadership Positions.

Christina Treleaven, Gender, Generation, and Jobs: Differences in Gender Role Ideologies by Age and Occupation.

Eugena Kwon, Exploring Factors Influencing Career and Family Choices of Female Medical Students and Residents.

Emily Michailidis, Emotional and Aesthetic Labour in Service Sector Work.

Cliff Davidson, The University Corporatization Shift: A Longitudinal Analysis of University Admission Handbooks From 1980-2010.

Maureen Hawkins, Valuing Personal  Support Workers: A Critical Research Study of Ontario's Home Care System and the Deteriorating Working Conditions for Home Health Care Workers.

Giacomo DeGiorgio, Combating Racism in Nursing: An Analysis of the Movement in Ontario From a Resource Mobilization Perspective.

Julie Young-Marcellin, Social Enterprise and the Negative Effects of Capitalism.

Patricia Gordon, (Re)Producing the Problem?: A Case for the Importance of Theoretical Perspectives in Anti-Homophobia Education.

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

Refereed Journal Publications:

(2016) "Self-Regulating Professions: Past, Present and Future" Journal of Professions and Organization.

(2016) "Professional Self-Regulation and the Public Interest in Canada" in Professions and Professionalism 6(2):1587

(2016) "'Drop dead … I need your job': An exploratory study of intra-professional conflict amongst nurses in two Ontario cities" (with Godfred Odei Boateng) in Social Science & Medicine 155(April): 35-42.

(2015) "When 'citizenship is indispensable to the practice of a profession': Citizenship Requirements for Entry to Practise Professions in Canada" in Journal of Historical Sociology (on-line).

(2015) "The Historical Development of Naturopathy in Canada" (with Nicole Etherington) in Histoire sociale / Social History XLVIII, No. 96(May): 215-244.

(2015) "Flexible Small Firms? Why some small firms facilitate the use of Flexible Workplace Policies" (with Catherine Gordon and Julie McMullin) in Canadian Journal of Sociology 40(1): 1-23.

(2015) "Sociology of professions: international divergences and research directions" Work, Employment & Society 29(1):154-165.

(2014) "The metamorphosis of a collaborative team: from creation to operation" (with Carole Orchard, Pamela Houghton and Rajna Ogrin) in Journal of Interprofessional Care 28(4):339-344.

(2014) "Employers’ and employment counselors’ perceptions of desirable skills for entry-level positions for adolescents: how does it differ for youth with disabilities?" (with Sally Lindsay, Robyn Sanford, Carolyn McDougall, Shauna Kingsnorth & Dolly Menna-Dack) Disability & Society 29(6):953-967.

(2012) "The Rise and Fall of Osteopathic Medicine in Ontario" Histoire sociale / Social History 45(89):49-77

(2011) "Making a Living: Workers of African origins in London, Ontario, 1861-1901" Labour/Le Travail 67 (Fall): 9-43.

 

Book Chapters:

(2017) "Theories of Gender Inequality" (with Michael Rooyakkers) in E. Grabb, J.G. Reitz, and M. Hwang (eds.) Social Inequality in Canada, Oxford University Press.

(2014) "Inter-professional Conflict" in W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, and S Quah (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society Wiley-Blackwell

(2013) "Information Technology Workers" in Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, SAGE, pp.443-445.

(2013) "Professionalization" in Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, SAGE, pp.714-715.

(2013) "Occupations and Professions - Definition" in Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, SAGE, pp.642-644.

(2013) "Crime as Work" in Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, SAGE, pp.140-141.

(2013) "Alienation" in Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, SAGE, pp.1-2.

(2010) "Knowledge workers in the new economy: skill, education and credentials in IT employment" (with Erin I. Demaiter) in Julie McMullin and Victor Marshall (eds.) Aging and Working in the New Economy: Changing Career Structures in Small IT Firms,  Edward Elgar.

Research

Dr. Tracey Adams has a particular interest in professions, gender and work. Her current SSHRC-funded research explores the regulation of professions in Canada, with a particular focus on alternate health professions.

Current Research Projects

Canadian Workers in the Knowledge Economy (with D.W. Livingstone and Peter Sawchuk)
SSHRC funded

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners: The Emergence of a New Health Profession in Ontario.

Professional Self-Regulation in Canada (SSHRC funded)

Healthy and Productive Work (with Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and many others).
Development Grant funded by SSHRC and CIHR.