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David Toews

Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor
 
Office: Vari Hall, 2115
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 60307
Emaildtoews@yorku.ca
Primary websitedavidtoews.org
 
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Visit http://davidtoews.org ...... David Toews received his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2002. His PhD thesis was on the connections between Durkheim, Tarde, Bergson, and Deleuze. A leading scholar involved in the critical re-thinking and revival of the social theories of Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904), Dr. Toews is also currently researching and writing a book about the close relationship between sociability and unsociability in social interaction involving digital media.

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Research Interests

Information Technologies , Sociology

Selected Publications

David Toews, The Valence of Social Action: Theorizing Contemporary Social Life and Media, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, under contract.

David Toews, "Tarde's Sociology of Difference: Its Classical Roots and Contemporary Meanings", Journal of Classical Sociology 2013 13: 393

Current Research Projects

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All Publications

Books

David Toews, The Valence of Social Action: Theorizing Contemporary Social Life and Media, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, under contract.

Book Chapters

“Tarde and Durkheim and the Non-Sociological Ground of Sociology”, Chapter 4 (p. 80-93) in Matei Candea (ed.) The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments, CRESC Book Series ‘Culture, Economy and the Social’, London: Routledge, 2010.

Journal Articles

David Toews, "Tarde's Sociology of Difference: Its Classical Roots and Contemporary Meanings", Journal of Classical Sociology 2013 13: 393

"A Socially-Just Internet: The Digital Divide, Cybercultural Agency, and Human Capabilities," Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2008-9.

“‘Fin-de-siècle’ baglaminda Tardeci dusunce” [The Fin-de-siècle Setting of Tardian Thought], Emre Koyuncu trans., Tesmeralsekdiz [a peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social theory and philosophy published in Turkey] Vol. 2 No. 3, 2008: 134-152.

"The New Tarde: Sociology after the End of the Social," Theory, Culture & Society, October 2003, Vol. 20 (5): 81-98.

"The Renaissance of Philosophie Tardienne," Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 1999, Vol. 8: 164-74.

"The Contemporary: A Roundtable Discussion," with David Toews, Eric Alliez, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Amalia Boyer, Eliot Albert, and Alberto Toscano, Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 1999, Vol. 8: 119-137.

Conference Papers

“The Impositions of Experience,” Re-thinking the Human Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, March 11-12, 2010

“The End of Good Form: From Sociability to Creative Sociality, and the Consequences of this Transformation for the Social Sciences,” Social Theory Research Network 29, European Sociological Association (ESA) Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 5, 2009.

"Is University all Fun and Games? The Immersive Educational Experience and its Problematic Intersection with Class", Promoting Student Learning: Diversity and Student Success, Third Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, May 12-13, 2009.

“Socio-philosophy in the Tradition of Tarde, Bergson, and Deleuze,” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Congress 2007, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 2007.

“An Adornian Critique of Nussbaum’s Capabilities List,” Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference, Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor, May 2007.

“Power and the Radical Totality of the Contemporary: Deleuze Contra Badiou, International Social Theory Consortium Sixth Annual Meeting, Virginia Tech University, Roanoke, Virginia, May 2006.

"Gabriel Tarde and Social Theory," International Social Theory Consortium, Fifth Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, Canada, June, 2004.

"Contra Durkheim: Bataille versus Deleuze," Trajectories of Modernism in 20th-Century Theory: A Conference, Humanities Research Group (HRG), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, March, 2003.

"The Image of the Outside: The New Discourse on Durkheim and Tarde," International Social Theory Consortium, 2nd Ann Meeting, Centre for Critical Social Theory, Univ. of Sussex, July, 2001.

"Bergson's 'Law of Two-Fold Frenzy,'" International Conference on Bergson and the Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Northumberland, UK, April, 2000.

"Contemporary Radical Process Theories and Institutional Politics: A Comparison with the Classical Sociological Project," International Sociological Association XIV World Congress of Sociology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 1998.

"The Concept of Social-Occupational Types: A New Approach to Thinking the Sociology of Modernity," Rethinking the Social: The Third Meeting of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC-UK) Research Seminar on Social Theory and Major Social Transformations, University of Sussex, UK, June, 1998.

"The Sensational Difference: Bill Readings and the 'Community of Dissensus,'" Come to Your Senses! Cultural Analysis Meets Cultural History, An International Conference on Sense, the Senses, and Sensuality, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), cosponsored by Cornell Univ. and Felix Meritus, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May, 1998.

"The Sensational Difference: Bill Readings and the 'Community of Dissensus,'" (modified version), Community 2000 Workshop: Exploring Community for the Next Millennium, Philosophy Department., The University College Cork, Ireland, April, 1998.

"Machiavelli's The Prince: Strategic Identification and the Figural/Narrative Distinction," European Philosophy: Truth and Experience, The Fourth Annual International Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Essex, UK, February, 1998.

"Exterior Transit, (Indian) Winter: Gilles Deleuze and Jack London," Translating/Transposing Cultures, The Fifth Annual Crossing the Boundaries Counterdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (CTB), SUNY Binghamton, USA, April, 1997.

"What is Geomancy?", Welcoming Address, Geomancy: Navigating the Future of Theory, A Graduate Symposium at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, March, 1997.

"Habitus and Taxonomy: An Occupational Development Since Machiavelli," Student Symposium on Science and Culture, Trent University, Canada, April, 1996.

"The Privilege of Occupation Over Inquiry," Mephistos '96, 15th Annual International Graduate Student Conference for the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science and Technology, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February, 1996.

Book Reviews

Review of The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza, by Alexandre Lefebvre, European Journal of Social Theory (2010, in submission).

"The Return of the Social," a review essay on P. Joyce (ed.) The Social in Question. London: Routledge, in European Journal of Social Theory, 2002, Vol. 5 (4): 531-41.


Visit http://davidtoews.org ...... David Toews received his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2002. His PhD thesis was on the connections between Durkheim, Tarde, Bergson, and Deleuze. A leading scholar involved in the critical re-thinking and revival of the social theories of Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904), Dr. Toews is also currently researching and writing a book about the close relationship between sociability and unsociability in social interaction involving digital media.


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Research Interests:

Information Technologies , Sociology

Current Research Projects

  • Project
    Summary: 
    Examines the relationship between sociability and unsociability, particularly in terms of their simultaneity and relativity in the context of social interaction involving digital media.

    Description: 
    The proposed project examines the influence of digital media (DM) on social life, particularly on sociability and unsociability. Sociability is interaction with no other interest than to evoke personal character and affirm solidarity with others. Unsociability denotes actions in which actors abide or even desire a detachment from participatory and character expectations. The traditional view in sociology is that social unity promotes sociability and forestalls or excludes unsociable behavior. The question for research put forward here is not how DM precipitates new levels of sociability and/or unsociability but rather how the qualities of sociability and unsociability are altering in relation to each other in modes of use that are specific to this media. The hypothesis of the proposed project is that, in societies increasingly enmeshed in the culture of DM, sociability and unsociability are shedding their exclusivity and hierarchy in relation to each other. Increasingly, they appear to be exercising a co-constitutive function for social acts in contemporary social settings. The objective of the project is investigate this phenomenon, and if evidence serves, to construct a sociological theory that challenges the assumption that sociability is the pre-eminent experience of the maintenance of social order with a new account of the experiential duality of the (un)sociable act in the digital age.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2011
    End Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2013

Selected Publications

David Toews, The Valence of Social Action: Theorizing Contemporary Social Life and Media, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, under contract.

David Toews, "Tarde's Sociology of Difference: Its Classical Roots and Contemporary Meanings", Journal of Classical Sociology 2013 13: 393

All Publications

Books

David Toews, The Valence of Social Action: Theorizing Contemporary Social Life and Media, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, under contract.

Book Chapters

“Tarde and Durkheim and the Non-Sociological Ground of Sociology”, Chapter 4 (p. 80-93) in Matei Candea (ed.) The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments, CRESC Book Series ‘Culture, Economy and the Social’, London: Routledge, 2010.

Journal Articles

David Toews, "Tarde's Sociology of Difference: Its Classical Roots and Contemporary Meanings", Journal of Classical Sociology 2013 13: 393

"A Socially-Just Internet: The Digital Divide, Cybercultural Agency, and Human Capabilities," Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2008-9.

“‘Fin-de-siècle’ baglaminda Tardeci dusunce” [The Fin-de-siècle Setting of Tardian Thought], Emre Koyuncu trans., Tesmeralsekdiz [a peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social theory and philosophy published in Turkey] Vol. 2 No. 3, 2008: 134-152.

"The New Tarde: Sociology after the End of the Social," Theory, Culture & Society, October 2003, Vol. 20 (5): 81-98.

"The Renaissance of Philosophie Tardienne," Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 1999, Vol. 8: 164-74.

"The Contemporary: A Roundtable Discussion," with David Toews, Eric Alliez, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Amalia Boyer, Eliot Albert, and Alberto Toscano, Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 1999, Vol. 8: 119-137.

Conference Papers

“The Impositions of Experience,” Re-thinking the Human Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, March 11-12, 2010

“The End of Good Form: From Sociability to Creative Sociality, and the Consequences of this Transformation for the Social Sciences,” Social Theory Research Network 29, European Sociological Association (ESA) Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 5, 2009.

"Is University all Fun and Games? The Immersive Educational Experience and its Problematic Intersection with Class", Promoting Student Learning: Diversity and Student Success, Third Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, May 12-13, 2009.

“Socio-philosophy in the Tradition of Tarde, Bergson, and Deleuze,” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Congress 2007, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 2007.

“An Adornian Critique of Nussbaum’s Capabilities List,” Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference, Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor, May 2007.

“Power and the Radical Totality of the Contemporary: Deleuze Contra Badiou, International Social Theory Consortium Sixth Annual Meeting, Virginia Tech University, Roanoke, Virginia, May 2006.

"Gabriel Tarde and Social Theory," International Social Theory Consortium, Fifth Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, Canada, June, 2004.

"Contra Durkheim: Bataille versus Deleuze," Trajectories of Modernism in 20th-Century Theory: A Conference, Humanities Research Group (HRG), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, March, 2003.

"The Image of the Outside: The New Discourse on Durkheim and Tarde," International Social Theory Consortium, 2nd Ann Meeting, Centre for Critical Social Theory, Univ. of Sussex, July, 2001.

"Bergson's 'Law of Two-Fold Frenzy,'" International Conference on Bergson and the Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Northumberland, UK, April, 2000.

"Contemporary Radical Process Theories and Institutional Politics: A Comparison with the Classical Sociological Project," International Sociological Association XIV World Congress of Sociology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 1998.

"The Concept of Social-Occupational Types: A New Approach to Thinking the Sociology of Modernity," Rethinking the Social: The Third Meeting of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC-UK) Research Seminar on Social Theory and Major Social Transformations, University of Sussex, UK, June, 1998.

"The Sensational Difference: Bill Readings and the 'Community of Dissensus,'" Come to Your Senses! Cultural Analysis Meets Cultural History, An International Conference on Sense, the Senses, and Sensuality, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), cosponsored by Cornell Univ. and Felix Meritus, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May, 1998.

"The Sensational Difference: Bill Readings and the 'Community of Dissensus,'" (modified version), Community 2000 Workshop: Exploring Community for the Next Millennium, Philosophy Department., The University College Cork, Ireland, April, 1998.

"Machiavelli's The Prince: Strategic Identification and the Figural/Narrative Distinction," European Philosophy: Truth and Experience, The Fourth Annual International Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Essex, UK, February, 1998.

"Exterior Transit, (Indian) Winter: Gilles Deleuze and Jack London," Translating/Transposing Cultures, The Fifth Annual Crossing the Boundaries Counterdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (CTB), SUNY Binghamton, USA, April, 1997.

"What is Geomancy?", Welcoming Address, Geomancy: Navigating the Future of Theory, A Graduate Symposium at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, March, 1997.

"Habitus and Taxonomy: An Occupational Development Since Machiavelli," Student Symposium on Science and Culture, Trent University, Canada, April, 1996.

"The Privilege of Occupation Over Inquiry," Mephistos '96, 15th Annual International Graduate Student Conference for the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science and Technology, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February, 1996.

Book Reviews

Review of The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza, by Alexandre Lefebvre, European Journal of Social Theory (2010, in submission).

"The Return of the Social," a review essay on P. Joyce (ed.) The Social in Question. London: Routledge, in European Journal of Social Theory, 2002, Vol. 5 (4): 531-41.