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Sociology Speaker Series: Dr. Cynthia Cranford

The Department of Sociology and the School of Labour Studies invites you to “Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions & Creating Alliances” by Dr. Cynthia Cranford, University of Toronto on Wednesday, March 24.

Mar 15, 2021

“Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions & 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 where I argue that, in home care, understanding both tensions and the possibilities for alliances is essential for understanding, and challenging, inequalities.  Several studies argue that alliances between home care workers, on the one hand, and elderly or disabled people who receive home care, on the other hand, are key to achieving both quality care services and quality work. Yet, my research shows that we also need to recognize and mediate tensions if alliances are going to be able to tackle structural fault lines reflecting complex inequalities. How can we arrange home care to minimize tensions and maximize alliances?  To read more about Dr. Cranford’s recently published work, please visit:  Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Cynthia Cranford is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cranford studies inequalities of gender, work 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. She is also the co-author of Self-employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy and Unions published by McGill-Queens University Press (2005). Here work has been published in several journals including Critical Sociology, Gender & Society, Gender, Work and Organisation, Just Labour, Social Problems, Work, Employment and Society, and in several edited volumes.

 When: Wednesday, March 24th at 2:30pm

For the Zoom link and to register for this event, please email