Research Topics

Edward Haddon is a doctoral student and Killam Doctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology.

He is also an associate researcher with the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) at the Higher School of Economics based in Moscow, Russia. In addition, he is a visiting researcher to EUROLAB at the GESIS— Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

His current research topics include social class, class identity, perceptions of inequality, youth subjectivities, and social theory particular as it relates to social stratification. He harnesses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to study these various research programmes.

Research Interest

Income inequality throughout the OECD has reached levels not seen in the past fifty years. Growing awareness of income inequality has only intensified with the recent global financial crisis, and as a result this issue has now permeated mainstream discussions. For instance, concern for growing inequality is reflected in U.S. President Obama’s declaration that contemporary trends represent a “fundamental threat to the American Dream” and a “defining challenge of our time”. Whereas in Canada, both the Liberal and NDP 2015 election platforms propose to tackle the economic hardships facing many Canadians by seeking to (re)establish the primacy of the “middle class”. Most agree that wealth inequality across the globe is at historic highs. However, is the growth in the objective reality of income inequality matched by an increase in the subjective perceptions of inequality? Do certain social classes perceive there to be less or more inequality than others? My Ph.D. research will answer these question by using survey data from over 30 countries to examine (a) perceptions of inequality following the global economic crisis in 2008; (b) trends in perceptions of inequality from 1987 to 2009; and (c) the effects of other aspects of stratification on these perceptions.

Research Awards

2015-2016 Killam Doctoral Scholarship: these scholarships “are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency / Affiliated Fellowships competition”.


Four Year Doctoral Fellowship: offered to UBC’s “best PhD students”, providing them with financial support throughout their Doctoral studies.


2012 Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize: offered to the best MA thesis in the Department of Sociology, University of Auckland.


France, Alan, Dorothy Bottrell and Edward Haddon. 2013a. “Managing Everyday Life: The Conceptualisation and Value of Cultural Capital in Navigating Everyday Life for Working-Class Youth.Journal of Youth Studies 16(5):597-611.

France, Alan, Dorothy Bottrell and Edward Haddon. 2013b. “The Role of Habitus and Reflexivity in Young People Managing Pathways out of Crime.” International Journal on School Disaffection 10(1):11-27.

France, Alan and Edward Haddon. 2014. “Exploring the Epistemological Fallacy: Subjectivity and Class in the Lives of Young People.” Young 22(4):305-21.

Haddon, Edward. 2015. “Class Identification in New Zealand: An Analysis of the Relationship between Class Position and Subjective Social Location.” Journal of Sociology 51(3):737-54.

Haddon, Edward. 2014b. “Fathers in Cultural Context.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 45(3).

Academic Conference Presentations

April 2015 — “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented at the LCSR annual conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

November 2014 — “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented at the LCSR annual conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

August 2014— “Re-animating Class: Employing Marx, Weber and Durkheim as Adversaries to the Death of Class Hypothesis”. Presented at the American Sociological Association annual conference, San Francisco

May 2014 — “Subjectivity and Class in the Lives of Young People”. Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association annual conference, Brock University, St. Catharines

November 2012 — “Class identification in New Zealand: an analysis of the relationship between class position and subjective social location”. Presented at the Australian Sociological Association annual conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane

December 2011 — “Marcuse on Viagra”. Presented at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington

August 2011 —  “How are perceptions of class structured?”. Presented at the Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS) seminar series, University of Auckland

Winter 2017

SOCI361A Social Inequality - SOCIAL INEQUALTY Sections

Tendencies toward equality and inequality; manifestations of inequality (occupation, education, gender, ethnicity, income, power) and their consequences; caste and class features of major stratification systems; theories of social class; stratification profile of contemporary industrial societies.


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