Scott Schaffer, Associate Professor
PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University
Scott Schaffer is a political theorist who investigates issues of contemporary and global social theory, social ethics and social inclusion, and processes of social change. He has done a wide variety of work on public sociology, cultural critique, studies of everyday life, social development, and resistance movements. His current work is focused on developing a normatively-based conception of sociology and social ethics that can be used to evaluate current societal phenomena and social policy, anticipate future social problems, and develop proactive solutions to those future societal threats.
Areas of Specialization
- Social theory;
- Cultural critique;
- Sociology of everyday life;
- Processes of social change;
- Social inclusion;
- Social ethics;
- Resistance movements;
- Public sociology
- Schaffer, Scott. 2020. "Necroethics in the Time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter." Ch. 5 in COVID-19: Volume I: Global pandemic, societal responses, ideological solutions. London, UK; New York, NY: Routledge.
- Schaffer, Scott. 2018. "Cosmopolitanism and an Ethics of Sacrifice." pp. 181-211 in Beyond Cosmopolitanism: Towards Planetary Transformations. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Schaffer, Scott. 2017. "Kairos and an Ethics of Space: Toward Reconceptualizing Conversations and their Loci." pp. 111-130 in Pathways of Creative Research: Towards a Festival of Dialogues. Delhi, IN: Primus Books.
- Schaffer, Scott. 2016. "The Past as Product in the Present: Disney and the Imagineering of Histories." Ch. 3 in Debating Disney: Pedagogical Perspectives on Commercial Cinema. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Schaffer, Scott. 2014. "L’Ouverture des bouches: The Social and Intellectual Bases for Engaged and Public Social Theory." Ch. 3 in The Public Sociology Debate: Ethics and Engagement. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.