Stephen Harold Riggins

Fonds number:
50
Accessions:
2007.08
2008.04
2009.01
2010.05
2011.12
2012.08
Title: Stephen Harold Riggins
Dates of Material:
19642013
Extent:
76 cm of textual records and other material
Biographical sketch

Stephen Harold Riggins was born in 1946 in Loogootee, Indiana to parents Harold and Eithel Riggins. Riggins completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1968, and his Masters of Arts in Sociology in 1971, both from Indiana University. He obtained his PhD in Sociology in 1980 from the University of Toronto. His thesis was entitled “Institutional Change in Nineteenth-Century French Music.” Dr. Riggins has taught courses at Sociology departments of various universities, including the University of Toronto from 1981 to 1982 and 1989 to 1990, at Laurentian University from 1982 to 1985 and at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 1986 to 1989. In 1990 he accepted a teaching position at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he continues to teach as an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology.

Stephen Riggins is a member of various professional associations, including the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Society for Asian Studies, American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Indiana Historical Society. He has participated as an organizer and participant in various conferences including the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association’s annual meetings. His teaching interests include mass communication and public opinion, sociology of the arts and popular culture, and sociology of families and deviance. His research interests include ethnicity and mass media, symbolic interactionism, contemporary French cultural policy and democratization of culture.

Dr. Riggins has published numerous articles, as well as books, including Ethnic Minority Media: An International Perspective (1992), The Socialness of Things: Essays on the Socio-semiotics of Objects (1994), The Language and Politics of Exclusion: Others in Discourse (1997), and The Pleasures of Time: Two Men, A Life (2003). He has been with his partner, Paul Bouissac, for over 30 years and presently divides his time between St. John’s and Toronto.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the following series: correspondence, 1965–2008; art and records of Khoa Pham, 1976–2011; and writings, 1964–2008

NOTE(S)
Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Stephen Riggins, 2004–2012, 2013

Extent

Includes 37 cm of graphic materials such as photographs, collages and drawings and ca. 40 architectural drawings

Language of material

Most of the material is in English, with some in French

Access restrictions

See series descriptions.

Finding aids

Box/File List available

Accruals

Further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access point: Riggins, Stephen Harold, 1946–

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