David Lynes

David Lynes

Associate Professor
Campus Location
Nicholson Tower Rm 616

My current research focuses on the relatively recent discussions of the relation between Sociology and Human Rights. The main interest in this, surrounds the observation that many of the contemporary forays into this conversation are constrained, not by any uncertainty over the value and need for human rights declarations but rather, by particular and popular conceptions about the kind of questions understood to be legitimately within (and without) the purview of Sociology itself.  


Areas of research and teaching include Sociological Theory, Post-Colonialism and Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, Qualitative Sociology, Analytic Theory, Heritage, and Human Rights.


“Postcolonial Negotiations: Aboriginal Rights and the Challenge of Democracy” in The Ethics of Care: Moral Knowledge, Communication, and the Art of Caregiving, edited by Alan Blum and Stuart Murray. New York: Routledge  2017, pp. 119 – 132.

“Analytic Desire and Everyday Life: The Practice of Theory in On The Beginning of Social Inquiry.” in The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing, edited by Stanley Raffel and Barry Sandywell, London: Routledge 2016, pp 229 – 240.

 "Cultural Pain vs. Political Gain: Aboriginal Sovereignty in the Context of Decolonization." Ethnic & Racial Studies, Vol. 25, No. 6: 2002.