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Canadian Scholars’ Press
234 pages
6 x 9 inches
December 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309392


The first Canadian collection of its kind, Sociology of Home draws on sociological approaches to family, urban and rural communities, and migration and immigration to discuss the idea of “home”—an intensely personal concept that is, in its varying iterations, bound to larger economic and political systems.

Moving from private homemaking to community building and political ecology, authors investigate home as a constructed space within the context of a diverse set of cultural, political, built, and natural landscapes that ground Canadian experiences. This comprehensive introductory reader explores a diversity of homes and homemaking and is an important contribution to the sociological studies of home, family, environment, gender, and social inequality.


  • looks at geographic contexts across Canada, including Vancouver, St. John’s, and the North
  • includes contributions from gendered, class-based, racialized, and Indigenous perspectives
  • features work by new and established scholars

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Table of Contents


Introduction: For a Sociology of Home in Canada


Chapter 1: Living the Domestic Interior: Seven Characters in Search of Home in Vancouver, 2008–2010
Kathy Mezei, with Margaret Archibald, Patrick Chan, Emily Fedoruk, Kay Higgins, Fran Moore, and Jillian Povarchook

Chapter 2: Mundane Technology in Non-Western Contexts: Wall-as-Tool
Lisa-Jo van den Scott

Chapter 3: Condo: The New Structure of Housing
Alan O'Connor

Chapter 4: Private Suburban Home: The Phantasmagoric Interior and the Ghostly Individual
Ondine Park


Chapter 5: At the Threshold: Domesticity and Victoria’s Chinese Rescue Home, 1886–1923
Shelly Ikebuchi

Chapter 6: Negotiating Family Relationships in the “Home”: Examining Constructions of Home for Youth-in-care in Greater Victoria
Kate Butler

Chapter 7: Low Income Lone Mothers and “Home”: The Importance of Social Relations
Amber Gazso

Chapter 8: Lacking the Safeguards of Home: Experiences of Youth Homelessness
Jennifer L. Robinson


Chapter 9: Home is More than a Shelter: The Experience of Housing Space and the Processes of Exclusion
Renaud Goyer

Chapter 10: Outside of the Planners’ Gaze: Community and Space in the Centre of St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1945 to 1966
John Phyne and Christine Knott

Chapter 11: Car Free Day! Urban Homemaking Projects and the Neighbourhood Politics of Home
Joseph G. Moore

Chapter 12: Seasonal Tiny House Living, Simplicity, and Perceptions of Authenticity
Tracey Harris

Conclusions: Homemaking and a Future for the Sociology of Home

Contributor Biographies


“This is a wonderful, very diverse yet coherent collection of essays dealing with home in Canada. It deserves a wide readership given its broad multi-scalar scope … Even though the focus is on home in Canada, the importance of the book transcends the Canadian borders: these theoretically well-embedded articles speak to all of us who think that home matters.”
—  Jan Willem Duyvendak, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, and author of The Politics of Home

Sociology of Home draws us a map of the buried treasure lying hidden in the work of many Canadian sociologists. Follow the map for long enough … and it takes us right back to home. As the editors and collected authors of the volume reveal, home is an enormous conceptual treasure chest that’s clearly worth digging up and examining closely within the discipline.”
—  Nathanael Lauster, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, and author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

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