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'We must put ourselves in the position of the subject who tries to find his way in this world, and we must remember, first of all, that the environment by which he is influenced and to which he adapts himself is his world, not the objective world of science.'

W.I. Thomas
and
F. Znaniecki

Qualitative Sociology Review
2010
Volume VI Issue 3


Contributors


Robert Prus is a Sociologist at the University of Waterlo, Canada. A symbolic interactionist and ethnographer, Robert Prus has been examining the conceptual and methodological connections of American pragmatist philosophy and its sociological offshoot, symbolic interactionism, with Classical Greek and Latin scholarship

Contact: prus@uwaterloo.ca


Matthew Burk completed his BA Honours degree in Sociology at the University of Waterloo and is presently developing a MA Thesis on "Being Managed: Experiential Processes, Problematics, and Resistances".

Contact: mburk9912@gmail.com


Fatima Camara completed her Master of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of Waterloo (2005) developing a thesis entitled Celebrities and Significant Others: Developing Fascinations, Relationships and Identities. After graduation, Fatima taught Sociology at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Since 2008, Fatima has been living in Berlin, Germany where she is exploring the use of digital media as an educational tool by developing a curriculum for teaching young students digital music production and is producing her own music.

Contact: fcamara@gmail.com


Robert Sévigny Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Trained in both Sociology and psychology, his main interests include: the individual-society relationship; the implicit sociology of mental heath professionals, self-actualization and alienation; group dynamics, interpersonal relationships and restricted/small groups; interventions in health, social and community services, and the importance of ethnicity; psycho-sociology and clinical sociology; qualitative methodology and case studies; and research in urban China: the experience of schizophrenia. He currently focuses on elaborating further on his research experiences in the post-Maoist China.

Contact: robert.sevigny@umontreal.ca


Sheying Chen (Ph.D. UCLA) is Professor of Social Policy and Assoc. Provost for Academic Affairs at Pace University, New York. He held positions as Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University (Southeast), Dean and Professor of Professional Schools at the University of Guam, and Chair Professor of Social Work and Sociology at the City University of New York (Staten Island). He served as Coordinator for Graduate Studies in Sociology at Zhongshan University (Guangzhou), designed China’s first national training program for social work/administration educators, and authored the first national lecture series on community service. His publication records include the first comparative book on community care in China, works on aging and mental health, articles and books on general public policy (GPP) (especially social policy of a changing “economic state”), projects on higher education management/academic administration, and volumes on research methods and measurement/analysis issues.

Contact: sheyingchen@yahoo.com


Elaina Y. Chen is a graduate researcher in the M.D. Program at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.


Asta Rau accumulated a wealth of experience in the small and corporate business sectors before taking up tertiary studies and graduating with a PhD from Rhodes University in 2005. After her doctorate she obtained a postgraduate qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation from Stellenbosch University. Since 2005 she has been working as a researcher in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Media Leadership, Higher Education, and Evaluation. She has taken a leading role in several projects, including the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation’s (CADRE) current development of an HIV Prevention Communication Training Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa. For South Africa’s HEAIDS (Higher Education HIV/AIDS) programme she conceptualized, designed, and implemented research on the curricular response to HIV/AIDS at Rhodes University. The Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership saw her spearheading several research initiatives, including the organisation and co-facilitation of a regional Media Leadership Lekgotla, which culminated in her authoring a book. Throughout her research career she has remained involved in teaching and capacity building – particularly in the field of qualitative research methodology. Asta is passionate about research. Her goal is to continue to learn about and conduct rigorous, insightful, useful work. She also has a strong interest in evaluation and results based management and the application of these strategic approaches to pressing social issues.

Contact: A.Rau@ru.ac.za


Jan K. Coetzee is a Senior Professor of Sociology at the University of the Free State. He was previously Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. His main work has been in the Sociology of Developing Societies (editor and co-editor of 4 groundbreaking works, e.g. Reconstruction, Development and People published by International Thomson Publishing in 1996 and Development: Theory, Policy, and Practice published by Oxford University Press in 2001) and in the narrative study of lives. In the case of the latter his books on the life stories of former political prisoners in South Africa and the then Czechoslovakia (Plain Tales From Robben Island, published in 2000 and Fallen Walls, published in 2002) were awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award at Rhodes University in 2002.

Contact: J.K.Coetzee@ru.ac.za


Amy Vice was a postgraduate student at Rhodes University in 2009. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Sociology.


Adie Nelson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Waterloo. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her areas of specialization are gender, sexuality and deviance. Her work has appeared in journals such as The British Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Sociology and Psychology of Women Quarterly; she is the author, co-author or editor of approximately two dozen books.

Contact: eds@uwaterloo.ca


Veronica B. Nelson is completing an Honours Biomedical Science degree at the University of Waterloo and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Her first publication occurred at age 11, when she won the Canadian National Poetry Contest for young poets.

Contact: vbnelson@scimail.uwaterloo.ca


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