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Faculty - Professor Emeriti

Saroj Chawla
Ph.D. (York), Assistant Professor Emeritus,

Interests:Sociology and Comparative Philosophy; Women's Studies; Family and Socialization; Ethnic Relations; Environmental Issues and Socio-Philosophical Assumptions; Inter-ethnic Relations.


Office: 2141 Vari Hall
Office Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 60316

Saroj Chawla (Ph.D., York). "Does sociological writing promote human well-being?" Prof. Chawla asks her students. "Should sociologists accept responsibility for the impact of their ideas on society? Or is their role limited to providing insights into and explanations for social phenomena?…These are some of the questions that intrigue me." In her teaching and her writing, Prof. Chawla champions a "compassionate perspective" in sociology. Her academic interests include religion, comparative philosophy, classical theory, ethnicity/race relations, family, and women's studies. She has published articles on female empowerment and goddess worship, and non-eurocentric approaches to social change. Prof. Chawla is a recipient of the John O'Neill Award for Teaching Excellence (2000).

Selected Publications

Chawla, Saroj. 1997. "Female Empowerment in Goddess Worship, or Goddess Worship in Toronto." Canadian Woman Studies 17(1): 40-43.

Chawla, Saroj. 1995. "Epistemology and Ontology, Research and Responsibility: Violence Against Women." In Different Canadas, Different Sociologies (Proceedings of the Conference Celebrating 25 Years of Graduate Sociology at York) 89-99.

Chawla, Saroj. 1994. "A Non-Eurocentric Approach to Social Change." In Educating Professionals for Diversity (Report Prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage) 14-17.

Chawla, Saroj and Anne-Marie Ambert. 1992. "Two Case Studies of Interracial Children and Mothers: Situational Ethnicity and Status Dissonance." Pp. 208-223 in The Effects of Children on Parents. New York: Haworth Press.

Chawla, Saroj. 1987. "Religio-Philosophical Roots of Feminist Discontent." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 28: 79-84.