Studying Sociology with Peter McHugh


Peter McHugh’s influence on those of us who studied and worked with him as part of York University’s graduate sociology programme in Toronto from the mid-1970s until the late 1980s, while lasting and undeniable, is not necessarily immediately apparent nor easily articulated. What follows is a brief reflection on how this difficulty can be understood as integral to Peter McHugh’s unique contribution both to those of us fortunate enough to have studied with him, and more broadly, to the discipline of sociology itself.

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Correspondence to David A. Lynes.

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Many thanks to all those who were so indispensably a part of the graduate sociology programme at Toronto’s York University during the 1970s and 1980s. In particular thanks to Alan Blum, who collaborated so closely with Peter McHugh and played such a key role in bringing together and developing the “analytic” community of students and scholars which made the experience as vital and transformative as it was. See the article by Kieran Bonner, “Peter McHugh and Analysis,” in this current issue for a more fully developed sense of this community and its work.

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Lynes, D.A. Studying Sociology with Peter McHugh. Hum Stud 33, 287–288 (2010).

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  • Peter McHugh
  • Sociological pedagogy
  • Self-reflection
  • “Analysis”