Johnston, Josée


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3359 Mississauga Road
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L5L 1C6
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Thurs 3:30-4:30pm
Josée Johnston

Professor Josée Johnston’s general research goal is to advance knowledge in the sociological study of food and consumer culture. While her research has taken on various empirical topics (ranging from food politics to celebrity chefs to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty), she is centrally concerned with understanding how cultural and political forces reproduce and legitimate the inequitable and unsustainable features of capitalist economies. Professor Johnston’s  research spans the sub-fields of culture, gender, and political sociology; the subject of food is a natural way to make connections across these various sub-fields.



Johnston, J., Cairns, K., & Baumann, S. (2016). Introducing sociology using the stuff of everyday life. Abingdon and New York: Routledge

Cairns, K., & Johnston, J. (2015). Food and femininity. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Johnston, J., & Baumann, S. (2015). Foodies: Democracy and distinction in the gourmet foodscape. Abingdon and New York: Routledge

Selected Articles:

Johnston, J. (2017). Can consumers buy alternative foods at a big box supermarket? Journal of Marketing Management, Online first, 1-10.

Kennedy, E. H., Parkins, J. R., & Johnston, J. (2016). Food activists, consumer strategies, and the democratic imagination: Insights from eat-local movements. Journal of Consumer Culture, Online first, 1-20.

Cairns, K., & Johnston, J. (2015). Choosing health: Embodied neoliberalism, postfeminism and the “do-diet”. Theory and Society, 44(2), 153-175.


Sociology of Food, Sociology of Consumerism / Consumer Culture, Globalization, Political Ecology and Critical Social Theory


Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Alberta)
B.A. (Political Science, McGill University)