Deborah R. Brock

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2108
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 60302
Emaildbrock@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/dbrock

Professor Brock has written extensively on the topic of sexual labour. Her writing links academic research to popular struggles for social justice. She has produced several books in the areas of social, sexual and moral regulation, and the organization of power in everyday social life.

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Area of Specialization

Sociology

Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.A., Sociology, Carleton University
B.A., Sociology and Canadian Studies, University of Waterloo

Research Interests

Social, Sexual and Moral Regulation, Sex Work, Research for Social Change

Current Research Projects

Re-Making Normal: Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times

Summary: 
Edited Volume

Description: 
Re-Making Normal explores how we are constituted as neoliberal subjects; for example, as sexually, fiscally and organizationally responsible subjects, and as biopolitical subjects of citizenship, militarism, development aid, etc. In keeping with a governmentality approach, HOW focused investigations will be foregrounded. In this text, neoliberalism is understood as more than an ideological perspective favoring the notion of the minimal state, competitive individualism, and ‘free’ trade and markets. Neoliberalism has fundamentally reshaped how the self can be known and what interests the self holds through a reconfiguration of subjectification.

All Publications

Books

Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca (Editors) Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Brock, Deborah, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (Editors) Power and Everyday Practices, Toronto: Nelson, 2011.

Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada (Editor) Toronto: Nelson, 2003

Making Work, Making Trouble: The Social Regulation of Sexual Labour Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Second Edition 2009 (First Edition 1998).

Book Chapters

‘Sexual Regulation: Sexing Governmentality, Governing Sex’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca (Editors) Criminalization,Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

‘Thinking Differently About Crime’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca, eds. Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

‘Representation, Regulation and Resistance’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca, eds., Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“Thinking About Power: Exploring Theories of Domination and Governance” in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

“The Culture of Therapy: Psychocentrism in Everyday Life” with Heidi Rimke in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

“Unpacking the Centre: Power in Everyday Practices” in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

‘Practical Feminism: Supporting Women in the Sex Trade’ in Women’s Worlds 2008 Equality is Not Utopia Universidad Complutense Madrid: Thompson, 2008, 50-54.

“Moving Beyond Deviance: Power, Regulation, and Governmentality” in Deborah Brock, Editor, Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada Toronto: Nelson, 2003.

“Victim, Nuisance, Fallen Woman, Outlaw, Worker?: Making the Identity, Prostitute, in Canadian Criminal Law,” in Dorothy Chunn and Dany Lacombe (eds.) Law as a Gendering Practice, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 79-99.

Journal Articles

‘’Workers of the World Caress’: An Interview with Gary Kinsman on Lesbian and Gay Organizing in the 1970's Toronto Left’ Left History (Spring/Summer 2004) 9:2. Available online at www.yorku.ca/lefthist/

‘From Liberation to Rights: The Politics of Responsibility: An Interview with Gary Kinsman’ Left History (Spring/Summer 2004) 9:2. Available online at www.yorku.ca/lefthist/

"Getting Angry, Getting Organized: The Formation of the Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes" (with Valerie Scott), Fireweed: Sex Work Issue 65, Spring 1999, pp. 8-21.

Conference Proceedings

‘Sex Work and Law Reform: An International Comparative Analysis’ University of Luxembourg, Conference Proceedings. Under the Patronage of the Grand Duchess and the Ministry of Equality, 2009.

‘Practical Feminism: Supporting Women in the Sex Trade’ in Women’s Worlds 2008 Equality is Not Utopia Universidad Complutense Madrid: Thompson, 2008, 50-54.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2015 AP/SOCI1010 6.0  Introduction to Sociology LECT Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2015 AP/SOCI1010 6.0  Introduction to Sociology LECT  
Fall 2015 AP/SOCI4075 3.0  Sexuality, Social Practices and Modernity SEMR  


Professor Brock has written extensively on the topic of sexual labour. Her writing links academic research to popular struggles for social justice. She has produced several books in the areas of social, sexual and moral regulation, and the organization of power in everyday social life.

Area of Specialization

Sociology

Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.A., Sociology, Carleton University
B.A., Sociology and Canadian Studies, University of Waterloo


Research Interests:

Social, Sexual and Moral Regulation, Sex Work, Research for Social Change

Current Research Projects

Re-Making Normal: Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times

Summary: 
Edited Volume

Description: 
Re-Making Normal explores how we are constituted as neoliberal subjects; for example, as sexually, fiscally and organizationally responsible subjects, and as biopolitical subjects of citizenship, militarism, development aid, etc. In keeping with a governmentality approach, HOW focused investigations will be foregrounded. In this text, neoliberalism is understood as more than an ideological perspective favoring the notion of the minimal state, competitive individualism, and ‘free’ trade and markets. Neoliberalism has fundamentally reshaped how the self can be known and what interests the self holds through a reconfiguration of subjectification.

All Publications

Books

Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca (Editors) Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Brock, Deborah, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (Editors) Power and Everyday Practices, Toronto: Nelson, 2011.

Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada (Editor) Toronto: Nelson, 2003

Making Work, Making Trouble: The Social Regulation of Sexual Labour Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Second Edition 2009 (First Edition 1998).

Book Chapters

‘Sexual Regulation: Sexing Governmentality, Governing Sex’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca (Editors) Criminalization,Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

‘Thinking Differently About Crime’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca, eds. Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

‘Representation, Regulation and Resistance’ in Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca, eds., Criminalization, Representation and Regulation Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“Thinking About Power: Exploring Theories of Domination and Governance” in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

“The Culture of Therapy: Psychocentrism in Everyday Life” with Heidi Rimke in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

“Unpacking the Centre: Power in Everyday Practices” in Deborah Brock, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (eds) Power and Everyday Practices Nelson: Spring 2011.

‘Practical Feminism: Supporting Women in the Sex Trade’ in Women’s Worlds 2008 Equality is Not Utopia Universidad Complutense Madrid: Thompson, 2008, 50-54.

“Moving Beyond Deviance: Power, Regulation, and Governmentality” in Deborah Brock, Editor, Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada Toronto: Nelson, 2003.

“Victim, Nuisance, Fallen Woman, Outlaw, Worker?: Making the Identity, Prostitute, in Canadian Criminal Law,” in Dorothy Chunn and Dany Lacombe (eds.) Law as a Gendering Practice, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 79-99.

Journal Articles

‘’Workers of the World Caress’: An Interview with Gary Kinsman on Lesbian and Gay Organizing in the 1970's Toronto Left’ Left History (Spring/Summer 2004) 9:2. Available online at www.yorku.ca/lefthist/

‘From Liberation to Rights: The Politics of Responsibility: An Interview with Gary Kinsman’ Left History (Spring/Summer 2004) 9:2. Available online at www.yorku.ca/lefthist/

"Getting Angry, Getting Organized: The Formation of the Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes" (with Valerie Scott), Fireweed: Sex Work Issue 65, Spring 1999, pp. 8-21.

Conference Proceedings

‘Sex Work and Law Reform: An International Comparative Analysis’ University of Luxembourg, Conference Proceedings. Under the Patronage of the Grand Duchess and the Ministry of Equality, 2009.

‘Practical Feminism: Supporting Women in the Sex Trade’ in Women’s Worlds 2008 Equality is Not Utopia Universidad Complutense Madrid: Thompson, 2008, 50-54.


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2015 AP/SOCI1010 6.0  Introduction to Sociology LECT Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2015 AP/SOCI1010 6.0  Introduction to Sociology LECT  
Fall 2015 AP/SOCI4075 3.0  Sexuality, Social Practices and Modernity SEMR