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International Indigenous Policy Journal

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International Indigenous Policy Journal

There is a growing similarity in the challenges facing Indigenous peoples worldwide. IIPJ is a dedicated peer-reviewed forum for discussion of these challenges. This Journal aims to expose the policy issues related to these concerns by encouraging and giving JUST POSTED:
Laying the Groundwork: A Practical Guide for Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities
expression to the very best research, which can then be used as an evidence base to guide policy making. We are also concerned that research and policy be developed in an ethical manner by taking into direct consideration needs and concerns of the peoples themselves.

Society and Mental Health

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Society and Mental Health

Society and Mental Health: The Journal of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Mental Health has opened its editorial office in the Centre for Population, Aging and Health in the Department of Sociology. SMH publishes original articles that JUST POSTED:
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apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of the social origins of mental health and illness, the social consequences for persons with mental illness, and the organization and financing of mental health services and care.

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Sociological Imagination: Western's Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

Sociological Imagination is a peer-reviewed, student run journal published annually in association with the Sociology Students’ Association and the Department of JUST POSTED:
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Sociology at Western University. The Sociological Imagination journal publishes the original work of undergraduate students in the field of sociology and related sub-disciplines.

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Journal for Social Thought

The Journal for Social Thought (JST) is a peer reviewed academic journal run and maintained by graduate students in the Department of Sociology at Western University in Canada. This journal JUST POSTED: Conceptualizing cultural safety: Definitions and applications of safety in health care for Indigenous mothers in Canada focuses on publishing the theoretical and empirical contributions of graduate students, post-docs, academic professionals, and independent scholars in an open access platform. Each issue of the JST focuses on either a general theme or different specialized topics related to today’s relevant sociological questions, which fall underneath the general umbrella of social thought.

Latest Articles

Michael Gardiner"Critique of Accelerationism" Theory, Culture & Society 34(1):29-52.

Michael Gardiner, "Bakhtin, Boredom, and the 'Democratization of Skepticism' The European Legacy

Tracey Adams, "Self-Regulating Professions: Past, Present and Future" Journal of Professions and Organization

Andrea Willson, Kim Shuey, “Life Course Pathways of Economic Hardship and Mobility and Midlife Trajectories of Health”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57(3):407-422.

Anders Holm, "Behavioral and Statistical Models of Educational Inequality" (with Richard Breen) Rationality & Society 28(3):270-298.

Laura Huey, Renée J. Mitchell, "Unearthing Hidden Keys: Why Pracademics Are an Invaluable (If Underutilized) Resource in Policing Research" Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 10(3):300-307.

Laura Huey, K. Cyr and R. Ricciardelli, "Austerity Policing's Imperative: Understanding the Drivers of Policing Activity in Canada." International Journal of Police Science & Management.

Kate Choi, Erin Hamilton, "Understanding patterns of contraceptive use among never married Mexican American women" Demographic Research 34(40): 1129-1160.

Laura Huey, "‘There Is No Strength in Emotions’: The Role of Street Enculturation in Influencing How Victimized Homeless Women Speak about Violence.” The Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Tracey Adams, "Professional Self-Regulation and the Public Interest in Canada" in Professions and Professionalism 6(3):1587

Laura Huey, S. Ghajar-Kosravi, P. Kwantes and N. Derbentseva, "Quantifying Salient Concepts Discussed in Social Media Content: A Case Study Using Twitter Content Written by Radicalized Youth." Journal of Terrorism Research, 7(2): 79-89.

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

Teresa Abada, Jonathan Amoyaw, "Does helping them benefit me? Examining the emotional cost and benefit of immigrants' pecuniary remittance behaviour in Canada", Social Science & Medicine, 153:182-192.

Anders Holm, Else Foverskov, "Socioeconomic inequality in health in the British household panel: Tests of the social causation, health selection and the indirect selection hypothesis using dynamic fixed effects panel models"  Social Science & Medicine 150:172-183.

Laura Huey and Eric Witmer, "#IS_Fangirl: Exploring a New Role for Women in Terrorism.” Journal of Terrorism Research, 7(1): 1-10.

Andrea Willson, Nicole Etherington and Kim Shuey, “Childhood Economic Hardship and Chronic Disease Onset in Midlife: A Gendered Process of Cumulative Disadvantage?”  Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 7(1):3-24.

Hot off the Press!

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods - coverSage just released Luke Sloan and Anabel Quan-Haase's The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, a comprehensive resource for any scholar or graduate student researching social media.

Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and perspectives - coverMichael E. Gardiner and Julian Jason Haladyn edited a new anthology of essays on the experience of boredom as a vital area of contemporary research: Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and Perspectives, Routledge. 

James E. Côté has made his handbook: The identity capital model: A handbook of theory, methods, and findings freely available to the public and academic community on our website as part of a community service, in the hope that its availability will stimulate further thought and research on identity formation.

Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality, 2nd Edition - coverAnabel Quan-Haase has a new edition of her Technology and Society book out now! Technology and Society: Social Networks, Power, and Inequality, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press Canada. It gives a comprehensive overview of the technological tools we use, where they come from, and how they are changing our perceptions of ourselves and the relationships we form.

Andrea Willson and PhD alumna Nicole Etherington contributed the chapter "Poverty, Income, and Wealth across the Life Course"  in the 2016 book: Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions, edited by M. Harrington Meyer and E.A. Daniele.

Education & Society: Canadian Perspectives - coverWolfgang Lehmann is editor of the new book Education and Society: Canadian Perspectives from Oxford University Press and author of its first chapter. Inside you will also find contributions from PhD alumnus Ryan Broll, PhD alumna Catherine Gordon, and Professor Jerry White

Adding Insult to Injury: (Mis)Treating Homeless Women in Our Mental Health System - coverLaura Huey and Rose Ricciardelli have analyzed the issues faced by homeless women in our mental healthcare system in a new book entitled Adding Insult to Injury: (Mis)Treating Homeless Women in Our Mental Health System published by Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Higher Education coverJames E. Côté's latest book Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Higher Education, co-edited with A. Furlong, is the first handbook to cover the sociological approaches to higher education. Each chapter examines different sociological aspects of, and debates about, educational institutions. 

A Future without Borders: Theories and practices of cosmopolitan peacebuilding, edited by Eddy Souffrant, offers an explanation of why the movements of the “Occupy Wall Street” activists have repeated themselves across the globe. Anton Allahar contributed to this work with an essay called: “Sovereignty and instances of violence: colonial and neo-colonial moments.”

Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, 6th ed. - coverSocial Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, from Oxford University Press, is loaded with contributions by Western Sociology folks, starting with the Co-Editor Ed Grabb. Chapter contributions come from Tracey Adams, Robert Andersen, Ed Grabb, Wolfgang Lehmann, Rod Beaujot, Zenaida Ravanera, Kim Shuey, Andrea Willson, and PhD student Michael Rooyakkers.

“How distorted democracy conditions distorted development: the English-speaking Caribbean,” by Anton Allahar, appears in the newly published Contradictory Existence: Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Caribbean from Ian Randle Publishers.

Three entries in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography from Oxford University Press were contributed by Anton Allahar: “John Anthony La Rose: tireless advocate for social justice,” “Oliver Cromwell Cox: a case of scholarly neglect” and “Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler: defender of workers’ rights”.

Recent Dissertationsthesis

Criminal Justice Theories and Variations in Legal Decisions Across Youth Justice Acts Apr. 2017
Brenda Kobayashi

Transnational Engagement and Immigrants’ Well-Being in Canada Nov. 2016
Jonathan Amoyaw

Social Connectedness, Social Support and the Health of Older Adults: A Comparison of Immigrant and Native-born Canadians Sept. 2016
Natalie Iciaszczyk

An Examination of the Emergence of the Queer Figure in North American Culture Using a Queer Marxist Theoretical Framework Aug. 2016
Jade C.R. Da Costa

Support for sisters please": Comparing the Online Roles of al-Qaeda Women and their Islamic State Counterparts Aug. 2016
Hillary Peladeau

Representations of Youth Crime in Canada: A Feminist Criminological Analysis of Statistical Trends, National Canadian Newspapers, and Moral Panics
Jennifer Silcox

Gender and Health Over the Life Course: Temporal, Contextual, and Intersectional Considerations Apr. 2016
Nicole Etherington

A Critical Examination of Immigrant Integration: Experiences of Immigrants from Turkey to Canada
Guliz Akkaymak

Victimization, Stress, and Psychological Well-being: An Analysis of the 2009 Canadian Victimization Survey Apr. 2016
Bryce E. Stoliker