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Dorothy E. Smith, PhD is a leading Canadian sociologist and Professor Emerita, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. She is the founder of Institutional Ethnography and has received multiple awards for her work, including the American Sociological Associations Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, the Jessie Bernard Award for Feminist Sociology, the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the John Porter Award.  

Her published books are: 

with Sara David ed.  Women Look At Psychiatry:  I'm Not Mad, I'm Angry (Press Gang, Vancouver, BC, 1975);

Feminism And Marxism: A Place To Begin, A Way To Go, (New Star Books, Vancouver BC, 1977); 

El Mundo Silenciado De Las Mujeres (Santiago Chile,: CIDE 1985).

The Everyday World As Problematic: A Feminist Sociology (University of Toronto Press, 1987); 

The Conceptual Practices Of Power: A Feminist Sociology Of Knowledge (University of Toronto Press, 1990);

Texts, Facts, And Femininity:  Exploring The Relations Of Ruling (Routledge,1990);

Eine Soziologie Für Frauen (Frigga Haug trans and ed., Argument Verlag, Berlin 1998);

Writing The Social; Critique, Theory And Investigations (University of Toronto Press, 1999);

with Alison Griffith, Mothering For Schooling (Routledge 2005);

Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology For People (Rowman & Littlefield 2005) and editor of institutional ethnography as practice (Rowman & Littlefield 2006).

Institutional Ethnography as Practice (Editor) (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. 2006)

Note: you can now read Dorothy E. Smith's Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People in Spanish, translated by Ana Marie Bach for the journal Revista Temas de Mujeres.




Susan Marie Turner, PhD, is an independent researcher and educator (www.susanmarieturner.ca). Her doctoral thesis, Municipal Planning, Land Development and Environmental Intervention: an Institutional Ethnography, received the 2004 OISE/UT Outstanding Thesis of the Year Award. She received the Dorothy E. Smith Scholar Activist Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Institutional Ethnography Division in 2010, recognizing both her innovative method of mapping complex organizational and institutional processess and her collaborative scholar-activist work. Dr. Turner was Coordinator of the SSHRC-funded Community University Research Alliance (CURA) Rural Women Making Change (www.rwmc.uoguelph.ca) (2004-2009) working with rural women’s organizations. She is currently providing research training and support to the Aboriginal Sexual Violence Community Response Initiative, funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate. 

She has given IE Mapping workshops (2009 and 2011) and weekend workshops on Incorporating Texts in IE and week-long IE Working Intensives with Dorothy Smith annually at the Centre for Women's Studies in Education since 2011. 

She was Sessional Instructor in International Development and Sociology at the University of Guelph (1994-2008) and Special Graduate Faculty (2005-2008).  Throughout 1999-2004 she also managed a large academic advising office.

Feature publications:

2014 Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies. Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner (Eds.) University of Toronto Press. Toronto, Buffalo, London.

2014 Reading Practices in Decision Processes. In the above.

2011  Texts and the Institutions of Municipal Government: The Power of Texts in the Public Process of Land Development, in Lindsay  Prior (Ed.) Using Documents and Records in Social Science Research, SAGE Publications Ltd. New Delhi. Vol.4.

2006 Mapping Institutions as Work and Texts, in Dorothy E.  Smith (Ed.), The Practice of Institutional Ethnography. Alta Mira Press,  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. USA.

2002 Texts and the Institutions of Municipal Government: The   Power of Texts in the Public Process of Land Development, Studies in Cultures  and Organizations and Societies, Vol. 7 No. 2, 297-325 Routledge, UK.

1995 Rendering the Site Developable: Texts and Local  Government Decision Making in Land Use Planning, in M. Campbell and A.  Manicom (Eds.), Knowledge, Experience and Ruling Relations: Studies in the  Social Organization of Knowledge, (234-248), Toronto: University of Toronto  Press.

1990 Smith, Dorothy E. and Susan M. Turner, Eds. Doing It The Hard Way:  Investigations of gender and technology (by Sally Hacker), London: Unwin  Hyman Ltd, UK.

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