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Amber M Gazso

Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor
 
Office: Founders College, 134
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22558
Emailagazso@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/agazso/
 
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My main areas of research are: citizenship; sociology of the family and intimate relations; sociology of gender; poverty; social policy; and research methods

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Research Interests

Sociology , Gender Issues , Family and intimate relationships, Poverty, Social Policy

Current Research Projects

  • Income Inequality in Mid-Life, Looking Toward the Later Years: A Canada/U.S. Longitudinal Comparison  more...
  • Managing Poverty Intergenerationally in Diverse Families: Piecing Together a Network of Social Support  more...

All Publications

Book Chapters

Gazso, Amber and Kevin Haggerty. 2009. “Public Opinion on Surveillance and Privacy in Alberta in the Aftermath of 9/11.” In Between Terrorism and Human Rights, edited by Sandra Rollings-Magnusson. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Mothers’ Maintenance of Families through Market and Family Care Relations. ” In Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality, 5th edition, edited by Nancy Mandell. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Journal Articles

Gazso, Amber. 2012. “Moral Codes of Mothering and the Introduction of Welfare-to-Work in Ontario.” Canadian Review of Sociology 49(1): 26-49.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2010/2011. “The Great West ‘Experiment’: Neo-liberal Convergence and Transformations in Citizenship in Canada.” Canadian Review of Social Policy 63/64: 15-35.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2010. “The Risks of Being a Single Mother on Income Support in Canada and the United States.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 30(7/8): 368-386.

Gazso, Amber and Ingrid Waldron. 2009. “Fleshing Out the Racial Undertones of Poverty for Canadian Women and their Families: Re-envisioning a Critical Integrative Approach.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, 34(1): 132-141.

Cooke, Martin and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Taking a Life Course Perspective on Social Assistance Use in Canada: A Different Approach” Canadian Journal of Sociology 34(2), 349-372.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Reinvigorating the Debate: Questioning the Assumptions About and Models of the “Family” in Social Assistance Policy.” Women’s Studies International Forum 32 (2): 150-162.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Gendering the “Responsible Risk Taker”: Citizenship Relationships with Gender Neutral Social Assistance Policy.” Citizenship Studies 13(1): 45-63.

Gazso, Amber and Harvey Krahn. 2008. “Out of Step or Leading the Parade? Public Opinion about Income Support Policy in Alberta, 1995 and 2004. ” Journal of Canadian Studies 42(1): 1-25.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Staying Afloat on Social Assistance: Parents’ Strategies of Balancing Work and Family.” Socialist Studies 3(2): 31-63.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Balancing Expectations for Employability and Family Responsibilities While on Social Assistance: Low Income Mothers’ Experiences in Three Canadian Provinces.” Family Relations 56 (5): 454-466.

Gazso, Amber. 2006. “Creating Social Cohesion? The Paradoxes Posed by B.C. Welfare Reform.” Canadian Review of Social Policy 57: 46-70.

Haggerty, Kevin, and Amber Gazso. 2006. “The Public Politics of Public Opinion Research on Surveillance and Privacy.” Surveillance & Society 3(2/3): 173-180.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. “The Poverty of Unattached Senior Women and the Canadian Retirement Income System: A Matter of Blame or Contradiction?” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 32(2): 41-61.

Haggerty, Kevin, and Amber Gazso. 2005. “Seeing Beyond the Ruins: Surveillance as a Response to Terrorist Threats.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 30(2) 169-187.

Gazso, Amber. 2004. “Women’s Inequality in the Workplace as Framed in News Discourse: Refracting from Gender Ideology.” Canadian Review of Anthropology and Sociology 41(4): 449-473.

Gazso-Windle, Amber and Julie Ann McMullin. 2003. “Doing Domestic Labour: Strategizing in a Gendered Domain.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 28(3): 341-366.

Conference Papers

Gazso, Amber. 2010. “Managing Low Income in Toronto: A Preliminary Analysis of Mothers’ Support Networks.” Paper presented at the Sharing Research on Gender, Social Policy and Collective Action Conference, April, Toronto.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Differences that Amplify: Canadians and Americans in Mid-Life Looking to Later Years.” Paper presented at the International Sociology Association Meetings, RC19, August, Montreal.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Individualization, Citizenship, and Low Income Lone Mothers’ Caring “Choices” in Canada and Great Britain: Gender, Race, and Class Still Matter.” Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Conference, June, Edinburgh, Scotland.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Differences that Amplify: Canadians and Americans in Mid-Life Looking to the Later Years.” Paper presented at the Canadian Population Society Meetings, May, Ottawa.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Growing Inequalities in Later Life Health Risks: Family Challenges in Canada and the United States.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings May, Ottawa.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2009. “The Risky Business of Being a Single mother on Income Support in Canada and the United States.” Paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, April, San Diego, USA.

Gazso, Amber and Ingrid Waldron. 2008. “Fleshing Out the Racial Undertones of Poverty for Canadian Women and their Families.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings, June, Vancouver.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Lone Mothers’ Strategies for Balancing Market and Family Care Relations on Social Assistance: Implications for Future Policy Developments.” Paper presented at the Third Annual Population, Work, and Family Collaboration Symposium, December, Ottawa.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Reinvigorating the Debate: Questioning the Assumptions About and Models of the “Family” in Social Assistance Policy.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings, June, Saskatoon.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Gendering Social Citizenship in Social Assistance Policy: Implications for Low-Income Parents’ Entitlement Relationships and Everyday Market and Care Realities.” Paper presented at the Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference, Windsor, May.

Gazso, Amber. 2006. Staying Afloat on Social Assistance: Parents’ Strategies of Balancing Work and Family. Paper presented at the Congress of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings, June, Toronto.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. Low-Income Parents’ Experiences of Work/Family Conflict: Meeting their Needs in Social Assistance Policy. Paper presented at the Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Needs Conference, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/ Simon Fraser University, October, Vancouver.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. Being ‘Employable’ on Welfare: Mothers’ Experiences of Work-Family Conflict in Three Canadian Provinces. Paper presented at the Gender, Work and Organization Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, June, England.

Book Reviews

Gazso, Amber. 2008.[Book review of Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky, and Shelagh Day, editors, Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism.] Canadian Journal of Sociology, 33(3): 739-742. Available at: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/CJS/article/view/4175

Gazso, Amber. 2007. [Book review of Kate Bezanson, Gender, the State, and Social Reproduction: Household Insecurity in Neo-Liberal Times.] Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, March - April 2007. Available at: http://www.cjsonline.ca/reviews/genderstate.html

Gazso, Amber. 2005. [Book review of Gendering the Vertical Mosaic: Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Society] . Canadian Journal of Sociology 30(3): 376-379.

Forthcoming

McDaniel, Susan, Gazso, Amber and Seonggee Um. “Generationing Relations in Challenging Times: Americans and Canadians in Mid-Life in the Great Recession.” Current Sociology, forthcoming.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. “Families by Choice and the Management of Low Income through Social Supports.” Journal of Family Issues, forthcoming.

Scobie, Olivia and Amber Gazso. ““It was easier to say I didn’t have kids”: Mothering, Incarceration, and Relationships with Social and Criminal Justice Policies.” In Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance. Toronto: Demeter Press. Forthcoming.

Gazso, Amber. “Parenting Young Children: Decisions and Realities.”In Canadian Families Today, 3rd edition, edited by Patrizia Albanese. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI3660 6.0  Families and Social Change LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI4610 6.0  Women, the Welfare State and Social Policy SEMR Course Website 


My main areas of research are: citizenship; sociology of the family and intimate relations; sociology of gender; poverty; social policy; and research methods


I primarily engage in research on families and gender as institutions and/or social structures, as well as relational experiences, behaviours, and processes of everyday living. I am especially interested in researching how families and gender relations are connected to and/or shaped by the social policy and programs of the Canadian welfare state. In doing so, I examine systemic and everyday inequality. In theorizing individuals’ experiences of inequality, e.g. poverty, I consider both structural constraints on sociological formations as well as individual agentic attempts to create social order. Most of my research is empirical and multi-method.

Area of Specialization

Sociology


Degrees

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Alberta
M.A. in Sociology, University of Western Ontario
B.A. in Criminal Justice (Minor in Sociology), University of Fraser Valley

Professional Leadership

Professional Associations:

American Sociology Association
Canadian Sociology Association
International Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association

Community Contributions

University or Community Associations:

2008- Gender Public Policy Group, York University
2007- Homelessness, Housing and Poverty Group, York University
2007-09 Racialization of Poverty Research Praxis Unit, Scadding Court Community Centre


Research Interests:

Sociology , Gender Issues , Family and intimate relationships, Poverty, Social Policy

Current Research Projects

  • Income Inequality in Mid-Life, Looking Toward the Later Years: A Canada/U.S. Longitudinal Comparison
    Summary: 
    As co-investigator on this SSHRC Standard Research Grant, I am exploring (with a team of senior and junior researchers) the relationships between income inequality and health among Americans and Canadians in mid-life as they anticipate their later life.

    Description: 
    Select research questions of interest include: To what extent do well-being risks exist both for those who will be in later life in the coming decades and those responsible for their supports? 3) Is a new intergenerational contract emerging? What are the policy implications of increasing income inequalities over the life courses of those now in mid-life as they age in the differing policy contexts of Canada and the U.S.? We incorporate into this research the challenges brought about by the recent economic recession with its implications for later life well-being.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co- investigator

  • Managing Poverty Intergenerationally in Diverse Families: Piecing Together a Network of Social Support
    Summary: 
    As Principal Investigator on this Standard Research Grant, I am exploring (with a team of senior and junior researchers) how families manage income insecurity through a wide network of support exchanges and how this may differ depending upon racial/ethnic identities and family structures.

    Description: 
    Central research questions include: How are diverse families piecing together social support networks consisting of state and community supports and intergenerational exchanges? Are there differences in the amount, type, source, and quality of social support networks among diverse families and across generations? Whether and how inter-generational are exchanges of instrumental and expressive support ameliorating or exacerbating income insecurity? The context for this research is the growing gap between the rich and poor, the increasing racialization of poverty, and the changing welfare state in Canadian society.

    Role: Principal

All Publications

Book Chapters

Gazso, Amber and Kevin Haggerty. 2009. “Public Opinion on Surveillance and Privacy in Alberta in the Aftermath of 9/11.” In Between Terrorism and Human Rights, edited by Sandra Rollings-Magnusson. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Mothers’ Maintenance of Families through Market and Family Care Relations. ” In Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality, 5th edition, edited by Nancy Mandell. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Journal Articles

Gazso, Amber. 2012. “Moral Codes of Mothering and the Introduction of Welfare-to-Work in Ontario.” Canadian Review of Sociology 49(1): 26-49.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2010/2011. “The Great West ‘Experiment’: Neo-liberal Convergence and Transformations in Citizenship in Canada.” Canadian Review of Social Policy 63/64: 15-35.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2010. “The Risks of Being a Single Mother on Income Support in Canada and the United States.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 30(7/8): 368-386.

Gazso, Amber and Ingrid Waldron. 2009. “Fleshing Out the Racial Undertones of Poverty for Canadian Women and their Families: Re-envisioning a Critical Integrative Approach.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, 34(1): 132-141.

Cooke, Martin and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Taking a Life Course Perspective on Social Assistance Use in Canada: A Different Approach” Canadian Journal of Sociology 34(2), 349-372.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Reinvigorating the Debate: Questioning the Assumptions About and Models of the “Family” in Social Assistance Policy.” Women’s Studies International Forum 32 (2): 150-162.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Gendering the “Responsible Risk Taker”: Citizenship Relationships with Gender Neutral Social Assistance Policy.” Citizenship Studies 13(1): 45-63.

Gazso, Amber and Harvey Krahn. 2008. “Out of Step or Leading the Parade? Public Opinion about Income Support Policy in Alberta, 1995 and 2004. ” Journal of Canadian Studies 42(1): 1-25.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Staying Afloat on Social Assistance: Parents’ Strategies of Balancing Work and Family.” Socialist Studies 3(2): 31-63.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Balancing Expectations for Employability and Family Responsibilities While on Social Assistance: Low Income Mothers’ Experiences in Three Canadian Provinces.” Family Relations 56 (5): 454-466.

Gazso, Amber. 2006. “Creating Social Cohesion? The Paradoxes Posed by B.C. Welfare Reform.” Canadian Review of Social Policy 57: 46-70.

Haggerty, Kevin, and Amber Gazso. 2006. “The Public Politics of Public Opinion Research on Surveillance and Privacy.” Surveillance & Society 3(2/3): 173-180.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. “The Poverty of Unattached Senior Women and the Canadian Retirement Income System: A Matter of Blame or Contradiction?” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 32(2): 41-61.

Haggerty, Kevin, and Amber Gazso. 2005. “Seeing Beyond the Ruins: Surveillance as a Response to Terrorist Threats.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 30(2) 169-187.

Gazso, Amber. 2004. “Women’s Inequality in the Workplace as Framed in News Discourse: Refracting from Gender Ideology.” Canadian Review of Anthropology and Sociology 41(4): 449-473.

Gazso-Windle, Amber and Julie Ann McMullin. 2003. “Doing Domestic Labour: Strategizing in a Gendered Domain.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 28(3): 341-366.

Conference Papers

Gazso, Amber. 2010. “Managing Low Income in Toronto: A Preliminary Analysis of Mothers’ Support Networks.” Paper presented at the Sharing Research on Gender, Social Policy and Collective Action Conference, April, Toronto.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Differences that Amplify: Canadians and Americans in Mid-Life Looking to Later Years.” Paper presented at the International Sociology Association Meetings, RC19, August, Montreal.

Gazso, Amber. 2009. “Individualization, Citizenship, and Low Income Lone Mothers’ Caring “Choices” in Canada and Great Britain: Gender, Race, and Class Still Matter.” Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Conference, June, Edinburgh, Scotland.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Differences that Amplify: Canadians and Americans in Mid-Life Looking to the Later Years.” Paper presented at the Canadian Population Society Meetings, May, Ottawa.

McDaniel, Susan and Amber Gazso. 2009. “Growing Inequalities in Later Life Health Risks: Family Challenges in Canada and the United States.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings May, Ottawa.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. 2009. “The Risky Business of Being a Single mother on Income Support in Canada and the United States.” Paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, April, San Diego, USA.

Gazso, Amber and Ingrid Waldron. 2008. “Fleshing Out the Racial Undertones of Poverty for Canadian Women and their Families.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings, June, Vancouver.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Lone Mothers’ Strategies for Balancing Market and Family Care Relations on Social Assistance: Implications for Future Policy Developments.” Paper presented at the Third Annual Population, Work, and Family Collaboration Symposium, December, Ottawa.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Reinvigorating the Debate: Questioning the Assumptions About and Models of the “Family” in Social Assistance Policy.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology Association Meetings, June, Saskatoon.

Gazso, Amber. 2007. “Gendering Social Citizenship in Social Assistance Policy: Implications for Low-Income Parents’ Entitlement Relationships and Everyday Market and Care Realities.” Paper presented at the Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference, Windsor, May.

Gazso, Amber. 2006. Staying Afloat on Social Assistance: Parents’ Strategies of Balancing Work and Family. Paper presented at the Congress of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings, June, Toronto.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. Low-Income Parents’ Experiences of Work/Family Conflict: Meeting their Needs in Social Assistance Policy. Paper presented at the Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Needs Conference, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/ Simon Fraser University, October, Vancouver.

Gazso, Amber. 2005. Being ‘Employable’ on Welfare: Mothers’ Experiences of Work-Family Conflict in Three Canadian Provinces. Paper presented at the Gender, Work and Organization Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, June, England.

Book Reviews

Gazso, Amber. 2008.[Book review of Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky, and Shelagh Day, editors, Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism.] Canadian Journal of Sociology, 33(3): 739-742. Available at: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/CJS/article/view/4175

Gazso, Amber. 2007. [Book review of Kate Bezanson, Gender, the State, and Social Reproduction: Household Insecurity in Neo-Liberal Times.] Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, March - April 2007. Available at: http://www.cjsonline.ca/reviews/genderstate.html

Gazso, Amber. 2005. [Book review of Gendering the Vertical Mosaic: Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Society] . Canadian Journal of Sociology 30(3): 376-379.

Forthcoming

McDaniel, Susan, Gazso, Amber and Seonggee Um. “Generationing Relations in Challenging Times: Americans and Canadians in Mid-Life in the Great Recession.” Current Sociology, forthcoming.

Gazso, Amber and Susan McDaniel. “Families by Choice and the Management of Low Income through Social Supports.” Journal of Family Issues, forthcoming.

Scobie, Olivia and Amber Gazso. ““It was easier to say I didn’t have kids”: Mothering, Incarceration, and Relationships with Social and Criminal Justice Policies.” In Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance. Toronto: Demeter Press. Forthcoming.

Gazso, Amber. “Parenting Young Children: Decisions and Realities.”In Canadian Families Today, 3rd edition, edited by Patrizia Albanese. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI3660 6.0  Families and Social Change LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI4610 6.0  Women, the Welfare State and Social Policy SEMR Course Website