#BringBackOurGirls: Boko Haram’s fatua on Nigeria
This project investigates the ascendance of Jama’atu Ahlis Suna Lidda’awati Wal Jihad or Boko Haram. In particular, the organization’s recruitment, mobilization, and its strategic deployment of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women by are interrogated.
It is funded by a Killam Cornerstone Grant. This book-length project draws on social movement scholarship to explicate the Boko Haram phenomenon and counter-movements against the organization. Preliminary findings on SGBV appear in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
Canadian and Alberta Fertility Trends and Patterns: Historical and Contemporary
This is an ongoing project, originally funded by SSHRC. A number of articles have been completed and published. More research papers are being planned.
The scope of the project is to examine varying dimensions of fertility in Canada and the provinces in both historical and contemporary contexts.
One aspect of the project entails analyses of retrospective fertility histories based on a survey of Alberta women in 2010.
A second feature of the project is to examine long term changes in aggregate fertility rates in Canada and the provinces stretching back to the early 1920s using demographic, sociological and economic explanatory frameworks.
A historical data file has been compiled for this purpose and is periodically being updated as new data become available.
Canadian Families in Flux: New and Emerging Family Forms across the Life Course
As families become smaller, more fragile and more complex than in the past, there is a growing need to keep pace with these changes and to understand their implications for Canadian society.
The purpose of this SSHRC funded project is to capture some of the ways Canadian families are changing. Analyzing data from the 2011 General Social Survey (GSS) on families and the 2012
Longitudinal and International Survey of Adults (LISA), this research project will shed light on family dynamics across the life course including LAT relationships, non-residential fatherhood and home-leaving patterns among young adults.
The Edmonton Transitions Study (ETS) is an interdisciplinary program of longitudinal quantitative life course transition studies. The flagship study began in 1985 with a survey of close to 1000 Grade 12 students in six Edmonton high schools. Follow-up surveys took place in
1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999, and again in 2010 when 405 of the original study participants provided information about their life course transitions.
This SSHRC-funded 25-year study is one of the longest ever completed in Canada. Over the past three decades, as study participants grew older (from age 18 to age 43, on average), the focus of the research has shifted from school-work transitions to youth-adult transitions and, most recently, transitions to midlife.
Faith-Based Humanitarianism in South Sudan
FThis project involves interviews, observations and other interactions with self-identified Christian humanitarians working for faith-based organizations (FBOs)
engaged in emergency relief and development efforts in South Sudan since 2012. We seek to learn how religious commitments inflect both organizational and individual strategies in highly
volatile and unpredictable operating environments, such as the complex crises of South Sudan. On a more micro level, we also want to understand how the moral vocabularies and repertoires of action of people who work for
FBOs are created, challenged and transformed by personal experiences of faith. On a pragmatic level, this project contributes to enhanced understanding of how faith- based organizations operate in the largely secular world of emergency relief,
humanitarianism and social development. On a more conceptual level, it contributes to sociological understanding of the complex and often contradictory ways that people infuse their life experiences with their personal beliefs.
Genealogy of the Sociological Imagination
Sociologists have rarely looked beyond Marx, Weber, Comte and Durkheim in search of the origins of the modern Western tradition of social thought.
The main objective of my project is to argue that the domain of sociological analysis as well as its most central theoretical and methodological debates originate as far back as the late seventeenth century.
Far from engaging in a mere historical dispute over key figures and breakthrough moments, this study will seek to relocate the epistemological foundations of social thought from the urban anxieties of the nineteenth
century as defined by the emerging awareness of the socio-cultural crises of the industrial societies, and place it, instead, in the security concerns of the early modern nation-state building phase.
Within this context, the fields of ‘political arithmetic’ and bio-social statistics provided a discursive framework within which it became possible to identify and study aggregate dynamics and structures
underlying seemingly individual episodes. These developments did not amount to or directly result in the creation of the discipline of sociology, yet, they made it possible to conceive of the ‘population’
and later of society itself as a relatively unitary (and potentially quantifiable) phenomenon and thus as a category of systematic analysis with its own laws and dynamics.
Health, Wealth, and Happiness: Dynamics of Families and a Good Old Age?
This KIAS funded grant involves a multi-disciplinary research team from across Canada whose purpose is to better understand the implications of increasing diversity in family life course trajectories for later life financial, social and health outcomes. Drawing on life course theory and cumulative advantage theory, researchers on this project will address whether the occurrence, timing and order of family transitions influence the experiences of individuals and families in later life. Dr. Strohschein will focus her efforts on examining spousal bereavement and its correlates and consequences for Canadian seniors.
Human Rights in Canada: Exploring the Contested Terrain of Canada’s Rights Culture
This study explores a paradox in politics, law and social practice: Whereas human rights has become an effective strategy for framing grievances, the increasing appropriation of rights-talk is challenging its transformative power. The project bridges the divide between academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Canadians typify a broader global experience of increasingly asserting rights-claims in everyday life, from assisted suicide to bullying at school. Although Canada has created one of the most sophisticated human rights legal regimes in the world, reforms in recent years have undermined many of the strengths of the Canadian model. These reforms are largely a response to the growing appropriation of rights discourse among social actors to frame social problems. In addition to examining media, social movements,
law and politics, this project documents the struggles surrounding the creation of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Less-lethal force options in Canada: Social consequences of deployment of conducted energy weapons
This study is supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant — 430-2012-0545 (with Charles T. Adeyanju and Nicole Neverson [University of Prince Edward Island and Ryerson University, respectively]).
It investigates public perceptions and consequences of deployment of conducted energy weapons by Canadian police. Quantitative data for this project is derived in part from the 2014 Alberta Survey conducted by the Population Research Lab
(PRL, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta). Findings appear in Criminal Justice Ethics, and the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, among others.
The Malawi Journals Project
This social history project, now in its 17th year, consists of real-time written accounts of everyday life, compiled by 22 people living in three rural sites in Malawi.
The journals focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic as experienced by individuals, households and communities, with emphasis on the changing ways people talk and think about AIDS as they interact with family members, friends and acquaintances.
The archive amounts to over 11 000 pages and is housed in digitized and anonymized form at the University of Michigan under the curatorship of Dr Adam Ashforth. The longitudinal and observational characteristics of the journals provide unique
insights into the ways the ways that the epidemic manifests itself in ordinary life, beyond the clinic, as the epidemic evolves from an era when an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence, through the era of rapid testing for HIV, to the present era of
widely-available long-term antiretroviral treatment.
Mortality Differentials Between Canada’s Immigrants and Native Born Population
This project is a continuation of previous research in this area by the principal investigator. The current project examines mortality differentials by cause of death between immigrants and the Canadian born population.
A volume based on selected international studies of immigrant health and mortality is in preparation.
Narratives of Gender and New Technologies of HIV Prevention
This project examines new and emerging technologies of HIV prevention, particularly vaginal microbicides and oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from a cultural and semiotic standpoint.
We seek to understand how the creation, circulation and reception of these new technologies in sub-Saharan Africa are shaped by widespread narratives of gender, sexuality and power within the global HIV/AIDS community.
In particular, we are interested in the role that gendered accounts of powerful men and powerless women play in the proliferation of new prevention technologies, from advocacy to trials to widespread distribution and scale-up,
as meanings are ascribed to “women-specific” technologies. This research contributes to a greater understanding of the distal impacts of transnational feminist activism in global public health, and to forecasting the long-term viability of these new technologies.
On the Move in Alberta
As part of the seven-year national-scale On the Move Partnership, we are studying the spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) in Fort McMurray and the oil sands zone.
The On the Move partnership is broadly attuned to the meanings and practices of E-RGM (from daily movements and moorings to fly-in fly-out and temporary relocation) for workers, families,
employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments. Within this framework, Dorow and her research assistants are studying long distance labour commuting as a
"mobility regime" of social reproduction, including as it is shaped by gendered, racialized, and classed "geometries of power" (to use the late Doreen Massey's term).
State Funding for Social Movements in Canada
Dr. Clément is the principal investigator for a major six-year (2014-2020) SSHRC Insight Grant project that includes collaborators at Dalhouse University, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa and University of British Columbia.
The study examines the implications of state funding for social movements in Canada and how the relationship between the funding and the movements differs across movements, regions, and time periods. Public funding in Canada has enabled the
emergence of a thriving social movement sector, but recent changes in government policy have brought the sustainability of social movements to the forefront of public debate. Some organizations have struggled under these conditions, whereas others have
thrived because of innovations in leadership, governance, fundraising, and community outreach. This project addresses a broad range of themes, including governance, federalism, social change, state policy, citizenship, gender, Aboriginal and environmental issues,
and leadership and innovation in civic engagement. It is the first systematic examination of the breadth of state funding for social movements in Canada, and thus it offers the most comprehensive survey of how the social movement sector has evolved over time.