Research Topics

Social Inequalities, Social Class, Work/Economy, Class Identity, Perceptions of Inequality, Research Methodologies, Classical and Contemporary Theory.

Research Interests

I am a doctoral student and Killam Doctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology. I am also an associate researcher with the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) at the Higher School of Economics based in Moscow, Russia. In addition, I was a visiting researcher to EUROLAB at the GESIS— Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany. My research agenda lies broadly in the areas of social inequality, work/economy, and social class; particularly as this relates to individual prospects, perceptions and identities.

Perceptions of Inequality

For my most recent research endeavour, I explore peoples’ perceptions of inequality over time and place. My PhD dissertation, Subjective Inequality and Social Class: Evidence from 27 Countries, is funded by a Killam Doctoral Scholarship, a SSHRC Doctoral Award, and a Four-Year Fellowship from UBC. For this project, I take a comparative perspective to analyse data spanning over twenty years and from twenty-seven countries to investigate how relational class distinctions (defined in terms of employment relations) and gradational status groups (understood through education and occupational prestige) variously impact perceptions of inequality. My analysis uses quantitative techniques to explore the extent to which social class endures in its effects on political attitudes as they relate to income inequality. For this research, I first seek to uncover the degree to which critical appraisals of income inequality are tied to placement in the labour market. Second, I explore whether critical appraisals of income inequality are more pronounced during periods of rising levels of material inequalities. Third, I investigate whether the possible impact of social class on attitudes towards inequality is affected by societal level factors such as the actual level of inequality in a country (Gini), economic growth (GDP), and regime type. A portion of the dissertation is currently under consideration in the European Sociological Review.

Class Identification

In one strand of research, I explored the relationship between objective and subjective class in New Zealand. Using quantitative techniques, I found firstly that social class predicts self-placement, which goes against those claiming that class is “dead”. Fundamentally, I conclude that the empirical evidence produced suggests that class continues to generate subjectively salient identities, leading one to deduce that there are no grounds for stating that it is no longer a significant feature in New Zealand society. For this research, I received First Class Honours and was awarded the Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize in 2012 for the year’s best MA thesis by the Department of Sociology in the University of Auckland. A portion of the thesis was published in the Journal of Sociology, which is the preeminent Journal of the antipodes and is the official journal of the Australian Sociological Association. This research was also presented at the 2012 annual conference for the Australian Sociological Association, held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Disadvantaged Youth

In another line of inquiry, I drew predominantly on the work of Pierre Bourdieu to examine how young people in disadvantaged social positions often harness their limited cultural capital to make it through their schooling years and how many youth often self-exclude themselves from tertiary education. For this research, I engaged in a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with over 100 disadvantaged youth, located in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the UK. This work led to the co-authored publication of three articles in some leading scholarly journals relating to the study of young people, including the Journal of Youth Studies, Young, and the International Journal on School Disaffection (please see my Publications listed on the right).


2017—Patricia Marchak International Research Scholarship in Sociology

2016—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship

2016—UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship

2015—Donald N. Byers Memorial Prize (This prize is awarded to the highest-ranking Killam Doctoral Fellow in the Affiliated Fellowships competition)

2015—Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship (Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious awards available to graduate students at UBC).

2015—GESIS Leibniz Research Visiting Scholarship, Germany

2014—Kurt and Anne Paulus Memorial Scholarship in Sociology

2014—Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Graduate Research Award

2013—Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize (Prize awarded to the Department’s highest-ranking MA thesis in the year 2012)

2013—Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Four Year Departmental Scholarship)

2013—Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Outstanding Admissions Award (declined)


Haddon, Edward. 2017. ” Conservatism, class and critical appraisals of inequality: The persistence of social class in shaping attitudes towards inequality in 27 countries.” European Sociological Review (Under Review)

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).

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

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, 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.

Academic Conference Presentations

July 2017 – “Subjective Inequality and Social Class: Evidence from 28 Countries”. Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association annual conference, Ryerson University, Toronto.

July 2016 — “Bourdieu, doxa, and the death of class debate”. Presented at the British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group Annual Conference, University of Bristol, UK

April 2016 — “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented at the British Sociological Association annual conference, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

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


TA for SOCI 100 “Introductions to Sociology”; SOCI 200 “Sociology of the Family”; SOCI 310 “Canadian Society”; SOCI 361 “Social Inequality”; SOCI 380 “Survey Research”; SOCI 240 “Social Interaction” ; FMST 238 “Family Resource Management”; SOCI 250 “Crime and Society”; SOCI 328 “Social Statistics”; SOCI 312 “Gender Relations”