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American Sociological Association’s most-downloaded list features Dr. Jeff Denis

The American Sociological Association published the 2017 list of the most downloaded sociology articles in ASA journals this week. McMaster sociologist Jeff Denis is featured on this list, with his sole-authored article, “Contact Theory in a Small-Town Settler-Colonial Context: The Reproduction of Laissez-Faire Racism in Indigenous-White Canadian Relations,” published in the American Review of Sociology in 2015.

Sep 14, 2018

Jeff Denis is the only scholar at a Canadian institution included on the list, which includes the 50 articles from ASA journals with the most downloads in the 2017 calendar year. The article contributes to social psychology by re-examining contact theory, which claims that more contact between racial groups decreases hostility and tension, from the perspective of a Northern Ontario town, where Indigenous-White contact is high. Through ethnography and in-depth interviews, Dr. Denis identifies three social processes through which laissez-faire racism is maintained by whites in this context.

You can read the full list of ASA top-50 downloads here, and you can download your own copy of Dr. Denis’s article in the American Sociological Review.