Welcome to Peel Urbanscapes, your destination for discussions about inequality, food, and housing in the Peel Region. This blog is part of the course SOC410 at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Senior Seminar in Inequality: Urban Politics and Ethnographic Writing. This sociology course, taught by Professor Hae Yeon Choo, introduces students to the core and cutting-edge scholarship in urban sociology. It does so by enabling students to discuss theories and empirical studies related to the issue of social inequality, with a focus on urban politics, including the issues of food, housing, gentrification, and neighborhood change. Key in this course is seeing how immigration, “ethnic” restaurants, and globalization are intricately connected to urban lives in the focal region of Peel and beyond. You can download the syllabus here.
Professor Hae Yeon Choo will provide guidance to students throughout their research process, and is well equipped to do so given that her research centers on gender, transnational migration, and citizenship to examine global social inequality. In her empirical and theoretical work, she employs an intersectional approach to social inequalities, integrating gender, race, and class in her analyses. Her recent book Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) offer an account of how inequalities of gender, race, and class affect migrants’ practice of rights through a comparative study of three groups of Filipina women in South Korea—factory workers, wives of South Korean men, and hostesses at American military camptown clubs.
Lawrence Williams is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Project Coordinator at the Peel Social Lab, and will be assisting Professor Choo with the maintenance of this blog as well as with assisting students with their research projects in SOC410. His research interests lie primarily in sociological theory and the sociology of culture, with a focus on decision-making, identity, and careers. His current research focuses on how individuals working in the field of customer service understand their careers and find meaning at work.
Update: We are now open to diaspora food memories submissions from UTM students, faculty, and staff members. If you are interested in submitting a blog post, please e-mail Professor Hae Yeon Choo at Hy.Choo@utoronto.ca