By Stephen Riggins

Monique Bourgeois’ M.A. thesis won the Master’s Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. Her thesis, supervised by Karen Stanbridge, is a textual analysis of the Newfoundland government’s White Paper on Public Post-secondary Education. Reasons for pursuing higher education in the white paper are compared with the justifications given by women from rural Newfoundland. Monique found that the white paper tended to over-emphasize economic considerations in attending university.

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By Mark Stoddart
The department of sociology has hired two new assistant professors, Mark Stoddart and Liam Swiss, who will begin teaching in September. Both specialize in economic development. In this article Mark Stoddart discusses his research on the environment and outdoor sport. Liam Swiss will write about his career in the next issue of Sociology on the Rock. Read more...
By Karen Stanbridge
Broadly speaking, “things political” are what I specialize in, which takes in relations of power, especially as they interrelate to the state. I’m partial to comparative-historical work as are most political sociologists. Reading my resume, it might be difficult to see the connections between my areas of interest, but they do speak to each other. Read more...
By Jim Overton
This essay examines how academics in general and “sociologists,” broadly defined, were seen in Newfoundland in the period from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s. The focus is on critical and negative comments made about sociology and sociologists. Ray Guy’s work and that of Memorial University philosopher F. L. Jackson are primary sources for this essay. Read more...
Left to right: Heather Gillis, Jenna Hawkins, Commander Cool, Courtney Walsh, Drew Ennis and Chris Martin.
The Sociology Society. Left to right: Heather Gillis, Jenna Hawkins, Commander Cool, Courtney Walsh, Drew Ennis and Chris Martin.