William K. Carroll

William K. Carroll
Position
Professor
Sociology
Credentials

PhD (York, 1981)

Contact
Office: COR A338

Dr. Carroll is a critical sociologist with research interests in the areas of social movements and social change as well as the political economy of corporate capitalism.

His current research is focused around the "Alternative Policy Groups and Global Civil Society" project, an investigation of the networks, discourses and practices of counter-hegemonic knowledge production and mobilization. His latest book, The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class (Zed Books) was published in the autumn of 2010.

He was a founding participant in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought and currently serves as Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor/Diploma Program in Social Justice Studies. He has been awarded the Canadian Sociology Association's John Porter Memorial Prize twice: in 1988 for Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism and in 2006 for Corporate Power in a Globalizing World.

In 2008 he was awarded the University of Victoria Faculty of Social Sciences Research Excellence Award. In the autumn of 2010 he was elected to a four year term as President of the Economy and Society Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.

Professor Carroll has taught courses primarily at the upper-level undergraduate and graduate level and has supervised numerous graduate students. His teaching interests range from social inequality, ideology and society, social movements, corporate capitalism and critical research strategies to social theory, including CSPT.

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, William talks about his research on global politics, and looking at grassroots organizations as alternatives in the global economy.

Bookshelf

Challenges and Perils Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism Critical Strategies for Social Research
Global Shaping and its Alternatives The Making of a Transnational Capital Class Organizing Dissent Remaking Media

Publications

Books

Carroll, William, Carson, Meindert Fennema, Eelke Heemskerk and J.P. Sapinski. 2010. The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class. London: Zed Books

Carroll, William. 2010. Corporate Power in a Globalizing World. Revised Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press

Hackett, Robert and William Carroll. 2006. Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication. London: Routledge

Carroll, William and R.S. Ratner (Eds.) 2005. Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times Halifax: Fernwood Publishing

Carroll, William. 2004. Corporate Power in a Globalizing World. Toronto: Oxford University Press

Carroll, William. 2004 Critical Strategies for Social Research Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press

Carroll, William and Yildiz Atasoy. 2003. Global Shaping and its Alternatives. Toronto: Garamond Press

Carroll, William (Ed.) 1997. Organizing Dissent: Contemporary Social Movements in Theory and Practice. Seocnd Edition. Toronto: Garamond Press

Carroll, William, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Raymond F. Currie and Deborah Harrison (Eds.) 1992. Fragile Truths: 25 Years of Sociology and Anthropology in Canada. Ottawa: Carleton University Press.

Carroll, William. 1986. Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

Magnusson, W., William Carroll, Charles Doyle, Monika Langer and R.B.J. Walker (Eds.). 1984. The New Reality. Vancouver: New Star Books

Refereed articles 2001 - present

2010. The Global Corporate Elite and the Transnational Policy-Planning Network, 1996–2006: A Structural Analysis. International Sociology 25(4): 501-538, with JP Sapinski as second author.

2010. Constituting Corporate Europe: A Study of Elite Social Organization. Antipode 42(4): 811-43, with Meindert Fennema and Eelke M. Heemskerk as second co-authors.

2010. Hollowing out Corporate Canada? Changes in the Corporate Network Since the 1990s. Canadian Journal of Sociology 35(1): 1-30, with Jerome Klassen as second author.

2010. Crisis, Movements, Counter-Hegemony: in search of the new. Interface 2(2): 168-98 .

2010. Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony: Lessons from the Field. New Proposals 4(1): 7-22, with R.S. Ratner as co-author (feature article)

2009. Transnationalists and National Networkers in the Global Corporate Elite. Global Networks 9(2): 289-314.

2008. The Corporate Elite and the Transformation of Finance Capital: A view from Canada. Sociological Review 56(S1): 44-63.

2008. Building our Media: Community Broadcasting, Social Movements and Media Democratization. Global Media Journal – Australian Edition 1(1): 1-6, with Robert A. Hackett as first author.

2007. Global Cities in the Global Corporate Network. Environment and Planning A 39: 2297-2323

2007. From Canadian Corporate Elite to Transnational Capitalist Class: Transitions in the Organization of Corporate Power. Canadian Review of Sociology 44(3): 265-88

2007. Ambivalent Allies: Social Democratic Regimes and Social Movements. BC Studies 154 (Summer): 37-62, with R.S. Ratner as co-author

2007. Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in a Global Field. Studies in Social Justice 1(1): 36-66

2006. Democratic Media Activism through the lens of Social Movement Theory. Media, Culture & Society 28 (1): 83-104, with Robert A. Hackett as second author

2006. Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony, Anti-Hegemony. Socialist Studies 2 (2): 9-43

2005. The NDP Regime in British Columbia, 1991-2001: A post-mortem. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 42 (2): 167-96, with R.S. Ratner as co-author

2003. Forging a new hegemony? The role of transnational policy groups in the network and discourses of global corporate governance.  Journal of World-Systems Research 9 (1): 67-104, with Colin Carson as co-author

2003. The Network of Global Corporations and Policy Groups: A Structure for Transnational Capitalist Class Formation? Global Networks 3 (1): 29-57, with Colin Carson as co-author

2002. Does Disorganized Capitalism Disorganize Corporate Networks? Canadian Journal of Sociology 27: 339–71

2002. Is There a Transnational Business Community?" International Sociology 17: 393-419, with Meindert Fennema as co-author

2002. Westward Ho? The Shifting Geography of Corporate Power in Canada. Journal of Canadian Studies 36 (4): 118-42

2001. Neoliberal transformation and antiglobalization politics in Canada: Transition, consolidation, resistance. International Journal of Political Economy 31(3): 33-66, with William Little as co-author

2001. Sustaining Oppositional Culture in ‘Post-Socialist’ Times: A Comparative Study of Three Social Movement Organizations. Sociology 35: 605-29, with R.S. Ratner as co-author

2001. Consolidating a Neoliberal Policy Bloc in Canada, 1976‑1996. Canadian Public Policy 27(2):1‑23, with Murray Shaw as co-author

2001. Undoing the End of History: Canada‑Centred Reflections on the Challenge of Globalization. Socialist Studies Bulletin 63-64: 5-31.

Refereed articles 1978 - 2000

2000. Globalization, Neo-Liberalism and the Changing Face of Corporate Hegemony in Higher Education. Studies in Political Economy 62: 71-98, with James Beaton as co-author

1999. Finance Capital and Capitalist Class Integration with the 1990's: Networks of Interlocking Directorships in Canada and Australia. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology  36:331-54 with Malcolm Alexander as co-author

1999. Media Strategies and Political Projects: A Comparative Study of Social Movements. Canadian Journal of Sociology 24(1):1-34 with R.S. Ratner as co-author

1996. Master Framing and Cross-Movement Networking in Contemporary Social Movements. The Sociological Quarterly 37:601-625 with R.S. Ratner as co-author

1995. Old Unions and New Social Movements. Labour/Le Travail 35:195-221 with R.S. Ratner as co-author.

1994. Between Leninism and Radical Pluralism: Gramscian Reflections on Counter-Hegemony and the New Social Movements.  Critical Sociology 20(2):3-26 with R.S. Ratner as co-author.

1993. Introduction. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Special Issue on New Directions with Study of Social Movements, 30(3):309-15

1991. Restructuring Finance Capital:  Changes in the Canadian Corporate Network 1976-1986. Sociology 25:491-510 with Scott Lewis as co-author.

1990. Restructuring Capital, Reorganizing Consent:  Gramsci, Political Economy, and Canada. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 27:390-416

1989. Feminism, Class Consciousness and Household-Work Linkages Among Registered Nurses in Victoria. Labour/Le Travail 24:131-45, with Rennie Warburton as co-author

1989. Ambiguities of Political Consciousness Among Registered Nurses in Victoria. B.C. Studies 83:3-28, with Rennie Warburton as co-author.

1989. Social Democracy, Neo-Conservatism and Hegemonic Crisis in British Columbia. Critical Sociology 16(1):29-53, with R.S. Ratner as co-author

1989. Neoliberalism and the Recomposition of Finance Capital in Canada. Capital and Class 38:81-112.

1987. The 1981 Socioeconomic Index for Occupations in Canada. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 24:465-88 with Bernard R. Blishen and Catherine Moore as co-authors.

1987. Which Women are More Proletarianized?  Gender, Class and Occupation in Canada.  Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 24:571-85.

1984. The Individual, Class, and Corporate Power in Canada. Canadian Journal of Sociology 9:245-68 (special issue on class and social stratification)

1982. The Network of Directorate Links Among the Largest Canadian Firms. Mi 19:44-69 with John Fox and Michael D. Ornstein as co-authors.

1982. The Canadian Corporate Elite:  Financiers or Finance Capitalists? Studies in Political Economy 8:89-114.

1978. Sex Differences in a Socio-Economic Index for Occupations in Canada. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 15:352-371 with Bernard Blishen as co-author.

Book chapters 2001 - present

2011. “Corporate Elites and Intercorporate Networks.” In John Scott and Peter D. Carrington (eds.) Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis. London: Sage, 180-95, with J. P. Sapinski as co-author

2009. “Corporate Canada, Globalization and Neoliberal Democracy.” In Edward Grabb and Neil Guppy (eds), Social Inequality in Canada fifth edition. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall, 29-43.

2009. “World Trade Organization (WTO) protests, Quebec City, 2001.” In Immanuel Ness (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 3654-3661.

2008. “Tracking the Transnational Capitalist Class: The View from on High.” In Yildiz Atasoy (ed), Hegemonic Transitions, the State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism, London & New York: Routledge, 43-64.

2006. “Marx’s Method and the Contribution of Institutional Ethnography.” In Caelie Frampton, Gary Kinsman, AK Thompson and Kate Tilleczek (eds.), Sociology for Changing the World, Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 232-45.

2006. “Neoliberalism, Capitalist Class Formation and the Global Network of Corporations and Policy Groups.” In Dieter Plehwe, Bernhard Walpen and Gisela Neunhoffer (eds.), Neoliberal Hegemony: A Global Critique. London: Routledge, 51-69, with Colin Carson as co-author.

2005. “Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times.” In William K. Carroll and R.S. Ratner (eds.), Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 7-24.

2005. “The NDP Regime in British Columbia, 1991-2001: A Post-Mortem.” In William K. Carroll and R.S. Ratner (eds.), Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 105-36, with R.S. Ratner as co-author.

2004. “Unpacking and Contextualizing Critical Research Strategies.” In W.K. Carroll (ed.), Critical Strategies for Social Research. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1-14.

2004. “Conclusion”. In W.K. Carroll (ed.), Critical Strategies for Social Research. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 385-96.

2003. "Social Movements and Transformation." In Wallace Clement and Leah F. Vosko (editors) Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 79-105, with Elaine Coburn as co-author

2003. “Wealth of Nations: Aboriginal Treaty Making in the Era of Globalization.” In John Torpey (ed.) Politics and the Past. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 217-47, with R.S. Ratner and Andrew Woolford as co-authors.

2001. “Social Movements.” In Douglas Baer (ed.) Political Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 142-163.

Book chapters 1980 - 2000

2000. “Neoliberalism, Corporate Hegemony, and the University.” In Denise Doherty-Delorme and Erika Shaker (eds.), Missing Pieces II: An Alternative Guide to Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 200-208, with James Beaton as co-author.

1997. “Social Movements and Counterhegemony: Canadian Contexts and Social Theories,” in William K. Carroll, ed., Organizing Dissent: Contemporary Social Movements in Theory and Practice, Second edition (Toronto: Garamond Press), 3-38.

1996. "Social Justice and Social Movements: Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalized World,” in William Carroll, Radhika Desai and Warren Magnusson, Globalization, Social Justice and Social Movements: A Reader (Victoria: University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies), 89-147.

1993. New Directions in the Study of Social Movements, A Special Issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 30(3), edited, 120 pp.

1993. "Canada in the Crisis: Transformations in Capital Structure and Political Strategy," in Henk Overbeek, ed., Restructuring Hegemony in the Global Political Economy. London: Routledge, 216-45.

1992 "Contemporary Social Movements and the Left in English Canada: An Overview." Mado 14:163-76, translated into Japanese by Yahiro Unno.

1992. "Introduction: Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony in a Canadian Context," in W.K. Carroll, ed., Organizing Dissent. (Toronto: Garamond Press), 1-19.

1992. "Introduction," in W.K. Carroll et al., eds., Fragile Truths. (Ottawa: Carleton University Press), with Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Raymond F. Currie and Deborah Harrison as co-authors, 1-13.

1991. "Capital, Labour and the State: The Future of the Labour Movement" in B. Singh Bolaria, ed., Social Issues and Contradictions in Canadian Society. (Toronto: Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch), 317-36, with Rennie Warburton as co-author.

1988. "The Political Economy of Canada" in James Curtis and Lorne Tepperman, eds., Understanding Canadian Society (Toronto: McGraw-:Hill Ryerson Limited), 129-82.

1988. "Class and Corporate Power," in James Curtis et al, eds., Social Inequality in Canada (Scarborough: Prentice-Hall Canada), 53-68.

1988. "Class and Gender in Nursing", in B. Singh Bolaria and Harley D. Dickenson, eds., Sociology of Health Care in Canada (Toronto: Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch), 364-74 with Rennie Warburton as senior co-author

1985. "Dependency, Imperialism and the Capitalist Class in Canada," in Robert J. Brym, ed., The Structure of the Canadian Capitalist Class (Toronto: Garamond Press), 21-52.

1984. The New Reality (Vancouver: New Star Brooks), edited with Warren Magnusson as senior co-editor, and Charles Doyle, Monika Langer and R.B.J. Walker as co-editors.

1984. "The Solidarity Coalition," in Warren Magnusson, William K. Carroll, Charles Doyle, Monika Langer, and R.B.J. Walker, eds., The New Reality (Vancouver: New Star Books), 94-114.

1984. "Medicare at Risk," in Warren Magnusson, William K. Carroll, Charles Doyle, Monika Langer and R.B.J. Walker, eds., The New Reality (Vancouver: New Star Books), 214-227, Charles Doyle and Noel Schacter, co-authors.

1982. "Socioeconomic Measures from Canadian Census Data," ch. 3 in Mary G. Powers (ed.), Measures of Socioeconomic Status: Current Issues. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, Inc., with Bernard R. Blishen as co-author.

1981. "Cognitive Balance in Personal Construct Systems," ch. 8 in Han Bonarius, Ray Holland and Seymour Rosenberg, (eds.), Personal Construct Psychology (London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.), with Rita C. Carroll as co-author.

1980. "Testing and Assessment Across Cultures: Issues in Methodology and Theory," in H. Triandis and W.W. Lambert, eds., Handbook of Cross-Cultural Psychology (Boston: Allyn), vol. II, 181-244, with S.H. Irvine as senior co-author.