UBC Undergraduate Research

Sojourners : Undergraduate Journal of Sociology, Vol. 5 Rogers, Laurel


The offerings in this volume, as in all the previous editions of Sojourners, are as diverse as the students who wrote them. Three of our authors deal with subjects which we suspect are close to home for most of our readers. Sania Ahmed seeks to discover whether the role we take in task-oriented groups—such as those for group projects in class—are related to our positions in the power hierarchies of everyday life’s various relationships. Emily Blamire, Rebecca Laturnus, and Andrea Perez-Leon’s investigation into the effects of our vocabulary choices similarly touches on a matter of relevance to soon-to-graduate students: first impressions. Focussing on the university itself, Renee Ng examines diversity (or lack thereof) in the ethnic makeup of three major Canadian university faculties. Moving out of the university environment, but remaining local, Ryley Humphry uses 2006 census data to explore the intersecting influences of various socio-economic conditions on the lives of British Columbian Aboriginals. Our last two papers address more global themes. Matthew Wei analyses the recent trend towards securitising the Canadian border, while Patricia Louie considers the problems and effects of transnational cosmopolitanisation through rural Guatemala.

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