Shyon Baumann 2016

Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University - 2001

Email : shyon.baumann@utoronto.ca

Phone: (905) 569-4978

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Professor Baumann received a B.A. in sociology from McGill University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 2001. He joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2002. His work addresses questions of evaluation, legitimacy, status, cultural schemas, and inequality. Past work has examined these concepts in relation to Hollywood cinema, television, commercials, and advertising imagery.

He continues to work, with Josée Johnston, on the sociology of food. In 2015 they published the second edition of Foodies: Democracy and Distinction in the Gourmet Foodscape (Routledge), and have recently published on "ethical" food consumption and food politics. They are currently working on a SSRHC-funded project on the meat industry, which examines consumption practices and the historical and contemporary meanings of meat consumption in North America.

Another project underway is a study of the framing of economic inequality in news articles, with a special focus on the impact of the Occupy Movement on public discourse on inequality. This work examines how differences in the discursive opportunity structures in the United States and Canada influenced how the Occupy movement was received in each country.


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