Social Inequalities, Social Class, Work/Economy, Class Identity, Perceptions of Inequality, Research Methodologies, Classical and Contemporary Theory.
I am a doctoral candidate 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.
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.
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. 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.
Under review and in progress
Haddon, Edward. 2018. “How class shapes critical resentment towards inequality: The competing forces of stratification and politics." (Under review)
Haddon, Edward. 2018 “Class, partisanship and The Great Recession: The conflicting influences on attitudes towards inequality during economic crises” (Under Review)
Haddon, Edward. “Class and Country: The polarizing of class differences in perceptions of inequality over time and place.” (In preparation)
Wu, Cary and Edward Haddon. “Mind the Gap: How immigrants trust differently from the native-born in Canada”. (In preparation)
Haddon, Edward. 2017. “Perceptions of Inequality and Social Class.” Think Sociology 8(2): 3-8.
Haddon Edward. 2016. “Britons 'more likely' to say they are working class than citizens of ANY other country”. Daily Express. (http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/659113/British-working-class-more-country-per-cent-proportion-statisics)
Haddon Edward. 2016. “Britons more likely to think they are working class than people in other countries, research says”. Phys.org. (https://phys.org/news/2016-04-britons-class-people-countries.html)
Haddon, Edward. 2015. “It’s time to commit sociology when talking about social class in Canada”. Georgia Straight. (http://www.straight.com/news/615866/edward-haddon-its-time-commit-sociology-when-talking-about-class-canada)
Haddon, Edward. 2014. “Majority expects to be looked after”. New Zealand Harold. (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11319035)
Academic Conference Presentations
2018 “Conservatism, class and critical appraisals of inequality: The persistence of social class in shaping attitudes towards inequality in 27 countries.” To be presented at the American Sociological Association annual conference, Philadelphia
2017 “Subjective Inequality and Social Class: Evidence from 28 Countries”. Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association annual conference, Ryerson University, Toronto.
2016 “Bourdieu, doxa, and the death of class debate”. Presented at the British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group Annual Conference, University of Bristol, UK
2016 “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented the British Sociological Association annual conference, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
2015 “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented at the LCSR annual conference, Moscow, Russia.
2014 “The subjective implications of social class: Evidence from 38 countries”. Presented at the LCSR annual conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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
2014 “Subjectivity and Class in the Lives of Young People”. Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association annual conference, Brock University, St. Catharines
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
2011 “Marcuse on Viagra”. Presented at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington
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