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Sociology Colloquium: Cynthia Cranford

DEC 03, 2021 | 3:00 PM



Online Event


December 03, 2021: 3:00 PM




Ph.D. Program in Sociology


Presented by Cynthia Cranford, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Home care is a window into the complexity of inequality. In this talk, I focus on my recently published book Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances in which I argue that, in home care, understanding both tensions and the possibilities for alliances is essential for understanding, and challenging, inequalities. How can we arrange home care to minimize tensions and maximize alliances? I answer this question by comparing how four government-funded programs differ in the way they arrange home care. Focusing on the most personal in-home support, that is paid help with daily activities like bathing and eating, my analysis rests on over 300 interviews revealing how a variety of players shape the conditions of home care service and work in unique contexts. This talk will compare two of the cases illuminating the limits and possibilities of coalitions for flexibility with security. 

Cynthia Cranford is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cranford studies inequalities of gender, labour and migration, and collective efforts to resist them. Her most recent research project is a comparative study of home care showcased in Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances, published in 2020 by Cornell University’s ILR Press and co-winner of the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements Section. Dr. Cranford is also the co-author of Self-employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy and Unions published by McGill-Queens University Press (2005) and her work has been published in several journals including Critical SociologyGender & SocietyGender, Work and OrganisationJust LabourSocial ProblemsWork, Employment and Society, and in several edited volumes. 

This is an online event. Please register online to participate via Zoom.