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Deborah Davidson

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: 2909 Vari Hall
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 60310
Emaildebd@yorku.ca
Primary websitethetattooproject.info

My current project is The Tattoo Project. Please see: thetattooproject.info

Area of Specialization

lifecourse, perinatal loss, bereavement, commemoration, qualitative research

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Undergraduate Program Director, SUSA Faculty Mentor, The Tattoo Project thetattooproject.info

Community Contributions

The Tattoo Project thetattooproject.info

Research Interests

Sociology , Disability/Accessibility , Tattoos, Qualitative Methodology, Lifecourse, Motherhood, Death, Bereavement, Commemoration

Selected Publications

This is a list of selected publications only.

Current Research Projects

The Tattoo Project: Creating a Digital Archive for Commemorative Tattoos

Summary: 
The Tattoo Project is one of originality and social innovation. No such project or archive exists. Tattoo research offers critical insight into highly significant aspects of culture, discourses within it, and social relations. While the cultural significance of tattoos is well established. While there is a significant body of literature about tattoos as body modification, there is no significant body of literature on tattoos as commemoration. Our project is a form of public scholarship in public mediated digital space.

Description: 
Directed at both the co-production and mobilization of knowledge, the purpose of the digital archive is fourfold: (1) to create a repository for commemorative tattoos, a forum which will enable the public to share their commemorative tattoos and contextualizing narratives, empowering users to make the project a social tool of their own; (2) to develop this repository as a cultural heritage site, which will preserve and circulate this unique artistic form of expressing and memorializing contemporary lived experience; (3) to provide scholars with a digital database for analysis; and (4) to develop ongoing relationships among academics, professionals (e.g., artists, counsellors and social workers, and celebrants) and the public (with and without tattoos).

Selected Publications

This is a list of selected publications only.

All Publications

Books

Davidson, Deborah. (Ed.) . The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming December 2016)

Book Chapters

Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2011 & 2005. Rethinking Intimate Questions: Intimacy as Discourse, in Nancy Mandell and Ann Duffy (eds.) Canadian Families: Diversity, Conflict and Change. Toronto: Nelson and Thompson. Pp. 117-143.

Davidson, Deborah and Angelina Duhig. 2016. Visual Research Methods: Memorial Tattoos as Memory-Realization. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Letherby, Gayle, and Deborah Davidson. 2016. Creative Methodologies. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Letherby, Gayle, and Deborah Davidson. 2016. Tattooing as Auto/Biographical Method and Practice. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Davidson, Deborah. 2105. Midwives and Loss, in Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny and Gayle Letherby (eds.) Sociology for Midwives. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Langan, Debra, Ron Sheese, and Deborah Davidson. 2009. Beginning with Values: Constructive Teaching and Learning In Action, in Jack Mezirow and Ed Taylor and Associates. Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 46-56.

Journal Articles

Davidson, Deborah and Gayle Letherby. 2015. Editorial Introduction Special Edition: Loss, Bereavement, and Creativity. Illness, Crisis & Loss 23(4): 289–290.

Brown, Geraldine, Deborah Davidson, Jonathan Harvey and Gayle Letherby. 2015. HE(R)tales: Reflections on Some Auto/biographical Inter/multi-connections in Academia. Auto/Biography Yearbook. British Sociological Association. Auto/Biography Study Group.

Letherby, Gayle and Deborah Davidson. 2015. Embodied Storytelling: Loss and Bereavement, Creative Practices, and Support. Illness, Crisis & Loss 23(4): 343-360.

Davidson, Deborah and Gayle Letherby. 2014. Griefwork Online: Perinatal Loss, Lifecourse Disruption and Online Support. Human Fertility 3: 214-217.

Davidson, Deborah. 2011. Reflections on Doing Research Grounded in My Experience of Perinatal Loss: From Auto/biography to Autoethnography. Sociological Research Online, (1) http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/1/6.html.

Davidson, Deborah and Helena Stahls. 2010. Maternal Grief: Creating an Environment for Dialogue. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement 1(2): 16-25.

Davidson, Deborah. 2008. A Technology of Care: Caregiver Response to Perinatal Loss. Women’s Studies International Forum, Special Edition, Women and Technologies of Reproduction 31(4): 278-284.

Research Reports

Khanlou, Nazilla, Nasim Haque, Deborah Davidson and Mahdieh Dastjerdi. 2016. Voices of Immigrant Mothers of Children with Disabilities: Availability and use of Social Support. Report prepared for the Office of Echo Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research. Report prepared for the Office of Echo Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research.

Other

This is a list of selected publications only.

Approach To Teaching

student-focussed; approachable; teaching<-->learning


My current project is The Tattoo Project. Please see: thetattooproject.info

Area of Specialization

lifecourse, perinatal loss, bereavement, commemoration, qualitative research

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Undergraduate Program Director, SUSA Faculty Mentor, The Tattoo Project thetattooproject.info

Community Contributions

The Tattoo Project thetattooproject.info

Research Interests:

Sociology , Disability/Accessibility , Tattoos, Qualitative Methodology, Lifecourse, Motherhood, Death, Bereavement, Commemoration

Current Research Projects

The Tattoo Project: Creating a Digital Archive for Commemorative Tattoos

Summary: 
The Tattoo Project is one of originality and social innovation. No such project or archive exists. Tattoo research offers critical insight into highly significant aspects of culture, discourses within it, and social relations. While the cultural significance of tattoos is well established. While there is a significant body of literature about tattoos as body modification, there is no significant body of literature on tattoos as commemoration. Our project is a form of public scholarship in public mediated digital space.

Description: 
Directed at both the co-production and mobilization of knowledge, the purpose of the digital archive is fourfold: (1) to create a repository for commemorative tattoos, a forum which will enable the public to share their commemorative tattoos and contextualizing narratives, empowering users to make the project a social tool of their own; (2) to develop this repository as a cultural heritage site, which will preserve and circulate this unique artistic form of expressing and memorializing contemporary lived experience; (3) to provide scholars with a digital database for analysis; and (4) to develop ongoing relationships among academics, professionals (e.g., artists, counsellors and social workers, and celebrants) and the public (with and without tattoos).

All Publications

Books

Davidson, Deborah. (Ed.) . The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming December 2016)

Book Chapters

Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2011 & 2005. Rethinking Intimate Questions: Intimacy as Discourse, in Nancy Mandell and Ann Duffy (eds.) Canadian Families: Diversity, Conflict and Change. Toronto: Nelson and Thompson. Pp. 117-143.

Davidson, Deborah and Angelina Duhig. 2016. Visual Research Methods: Memorial Tattoos as Memory-Realization. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Letherby, Gayle, and Deborah Davidson. 2016. Creative Methodologies. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Letherby, Gayle, and Deborah Davidson. 2016. Tattooing as Auto/Biographical Method and Practice. In Davidson, ed. The Tattoo Project. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. (forthcoming)

Davidson, Deborah. 2105. Midwives and Loss, in Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny and Gayle Letherby (eds.) Sociology for Midwives. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Langan, Debra, Ron Sheese, and Deborah Davidson. 2009. Beginning with Values: Constructive Teaching and Learning In Action, in Jack Mezirow and Ed Taylor and Associates. Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 46-56.

Journal Articles

Davidson, Deborah and Gayle Letherby. 2015. Editorial Introduction Special Edition: Loss, Bereavement, and Creativity. Illness, Crisis & Loss 23(4): 289–290.

Brown, Geraldine, Deborah Davidson, Jonathan Harvey and Gayle Letherby. 2015. HE(R)tales: Reflections on Some Auto/biographical Inter/multi-connections in Academia. Auto/Biography Yearbook. British Sociological Association. Auto/Biography Study Group.

Letherby, Gayle and Deborah Davidson. 2015. Embodied Storytelling: Loss and Bereavement, Creative Practices, and Support. Illness, Crisis & Loss 23(4): 343-360.

Davidson, Deborah and Gayle Letherby. 2014. Griefwork Online: Perinatal Loss, Lifecourse Disruption and Online Support. Human Fertility 3: 214-217.

Davidson, Deborah. 2011. Reflections on Doing Research Grounded in My Experience of Perinatal Loss: From Auto/biography to Autoethnography. Sociological Research Online, (1) http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/1/6.html.

Davidson, Deborah and Helena Stahls. 2010. Maternal Grief: Creating an Environment for Dialogue. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement 1(2): 16-25.

Davidson, Deborah. 2008. A Technology of Care: Caregiver Response to Perinatal Loss. Women’s Studies International Forum, Special Edition, Women and Technologies of Reproduction 31(4): 278-284.

Research Reports

Khanlou, Nazilla, Nasim Haque, Deborah Davidson and Mahdieh Dastjerdi. 2016. Voices of Immigrant Mothers of Children with Disabilities: Availability and use of Social Support. Report prepared for the Office of Echo Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research. Report prepared for the Office of Echo Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research.

Other

This is a list of selected publications only.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
student-focussed; approachable; teaching<-->learning