Stephen Harold Riggins

Fonds number:
Title: Stephen Harold Riggins
Dates of Material:
1.94 m of textual records and other material
214 photographs
1 slide
ca. 40 architectural drawings
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 taught as an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology. Dr. Riggins retired from teaching in 2015.

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 50 years and presently divides his time between St. John’s and Toronto.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Stephen Riggins, 2004-2012, 2013, 2020 and 2023.


Includes 30 cm of graphic materials such as collages, drawings, sketches, decorated envelopes, posters and cards.

Language of material

Most of the material is in English, with some in French and German.

Access restrictions

See series descriptions.

Finding aids

Box/File List available


Further accruals are expected.

Access points

Provenance access point: Riggins, Stephen Harold, 1946–

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