One of my longstanding areas of interest concerns the association between social class and health. Patrick John Burnett and I recently applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors in Toronto and Vancouver, identifying six class groupings and a range of aesthetic tastes and dispositions in the Canadian field of power that illuminate some of the logic of health practices dispersed in the field. Baekgeun Jeong and I have just completed a study on the health effects of the intergenerational transmission of capitals from parents to children in South Korea. I am currently working with Thomas Abel on a theoretical treatise on capital interplays and health and with Yue Qian on an analysis of the health effects of spousal income disparities in South Korea.
- Burnett, Patrick John and Gerry Veenstra. (2017). Margins of freedom: A field-theoretic approach to class-based health dispositions and practices. Sociology of Health & Illness 39, 7, 1050-1067.
- Veenstra, Gerry and Baekgeun Jeong. (2016). The intergenerational production of health in South Korea. Health Sociology Review 25, 3, 288-299.
- Veenstra, Gerry and Patrick John Burnett. (2014). A relational approach to health practices: Towards transcending the agency-structure divide. Sociology of Health & Illness 36, 2, 187-198.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2007). Social space, social class and Bourdieu: Health inequalities in British Columbia, Canada. Health & Place 13, 1, 14-31.
I have also contributed to the small literature on racial health inequalities in Canada. Several years ago I completed a study on the health effects of incongruities between the racial identities people express to others and the racial identities they believe that others believe them to be, as well as the health effects of colourism, discrimination targeted at relatively darker skinned people of colour. Other research concerns intersectional investigation of the degree to which racial health inequalities are inherently gendered and classed. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2017). Black, White, Black and White: Mixed race and health in Canada. Ethnicity & Health (e-pub ahead of print).
- Gagné, Thierry and Gerry Veenstra. (2017). Inequalities in diabetes and hypertension in Canada: Intersections between race, gender, and income. Ethnicity & Disease (in press).
- Veenstra, Gerry and Andrew C. Patterson. (2016). South Asian-White health inequalities in Canada: Intersections with gender and immigrant status. Ethnicity & Health 21, 6, 639-648.
- Veenstra, Gerry and Andrew C. Patterson. (2016). Black-White health inequalities in Canada. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health 18, 1, 51-57.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2013). Race, gender, class, sexuality (RGCS) and hypertension. Social Science & Medicine 89, 16-24.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2011). Mismatched racial identities, colourism, and health in Toronto and Vancouver. Social Science & Medicine 73, 8, 1152-1162.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2009). Racialized identity and health in Canada: Results from a nationally representative survey. Social Science & Medicine 69, 4, 538-542.
A side interest concerns the class bases of cultural phenomena such as musical tastes and sporting knowledge and participation. In particular, I have endeavoured to contribute to the debate regarding the relative merits of the homology approach (specific cultural tastes and practices are aligned with specific class positions) and the cultural omnivorism perspective (elites are increasingly characterized by the breadth and eclecticism of their cultural tastes and practices).
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2015). Class position and musical tastes: A sing-off between the cultural omnivorism and Bourdieusian homology frameworks. Canadian Review of Sociology 52, 2, 134-159.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2010). Culture and class in Canada. Canadian Journal of Sociology 35, 1, 83-111.
- Veenstra, Gerry. (2007). Who the heck is Don Bradman? Sport culture and social class in British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Review of Sociology 44, 3, 319-344.
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Born and raised in southern Ontario, I received bachelor degrees in Pure Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Waterloo and graduate degrees in Sociology from McMaster University. I am past holder of a New Investigator career award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, an Early Career scholar award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a Senior Scholar career award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and a Killam Research Fellowship from UBC.