Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children, usually girls, under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study from researchers at McGill University. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have been common-law unions.
The spread of the Internet is shaping migration in profound ways. A McGill-led study of over 150 countries links Internet penetration with migration intentions and behaviours, suggesting that digital connectivity plays a key role in migration decisions and actively supports the migration process.
In "How COVID-19 May Alleviate the Multiple Marginalization of Racialized Migrant Workers" (published in Ethnic and Racial Studies) Maike Isaac and Prof. Jennifer Elrick assess the potential impact of COVID-19 on the precarious legal statuses of “essential” migrant workers in countries of the Global North.
Assistant Professor Barry Eidlin offered commentary on the November 3, 2020 U.S. presidential election in La Presse. On November 4, he published a morning-after analysis of the results entitled « Cette élection ne signalera pas la fin du trumpisme » (“This election will not be the end of Trumpism”).
Professor Poulami Roychowdhury’s new book Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India (Oxford University Press) shows how illegality is central to the exercise of citizenship rights in India. Women stake claims by mobilizing organized support, threatening law enforcement personnel, and doing the work of the state themselves.
Professor Shor's book, Aggression in Pornography, was written together with McGill Sociology PhD student Kimberly Seida and published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). It examines what we know, what we think we know, and what are some surprising research findings and insights about the place of aggression within pornography today.
Professor Jan Doering’s new book Us versus Them (Oxford University Press) examines conflicts about over policing, crime, and gentrification in racially diverse neighborhoods.
Professor Barry Eidlin uses some basic tools of sociological analysis (relying particularly on Erik Olin Wright and Howard Kimeldorf) to think through the broader implications of the recent strikes for racial justice by professional athletes in a piece published on August 30 in Jacobin entitled “Last Week’s Pro Athletes Strikes Could Become Much Bigger Than Sports.”
Professor Barry Eidlin’s book Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada has been given the distinction of Honorable Mention for the 2020 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award competition of the American Political Science Association Canadian Politics Section.
"The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently unveiled the recipients of its fall 2019 round of Partnership Grants, including two McGill-led projects, totalling $5 million. SSHRC also unveiled the recipients of the round’s Partnership Development Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships, in which 18 McGill applicants received over $2 million in funding."
Read the McGill Reporter's coverage of CAnD3's formation under the leadership of Prof. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée.
"The Canadian population is aging. For the first time in our history, people 65 and up outnumber those 14 and under. To adapt to this unprecedented demographic shift, we must reimagine our health and social systems.
Acknowledged as the "founding father" of political polling in Quebec, Emeritus Professor Maurice Pinard published a book Nationalist Movements Explained: Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland.
Assistant Professor Luca Pesando was awarded the Best PhD Dissertation Prize in Demography by the Italian Statistical Society. This prize was instituted in the memory of Valeria Solesin, an Italian Sociologist and Demographer working in France, who lost her life in the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris.
McGill’s Department of Sociology expresses full support for the ongoing protests against police brutality and institutionalized racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We, the faculty, are in awe of and inspired by the peaceful mobilization against racism around the world and feel that this is an important time for self-reflection and listening.
By giving women access to information they otherwise wouldn’t have, mobile phones are transforming lives. Putting smart phones in women’s hands could be a powerful tool to support sustainable development goals in the developing world, according to researchers from McGill University, University of Oxford and Bocconi University.