Peter Weeks

Department of Sociology
Associate Professor (1973)
B.A. (Carleton) M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Office: EC 219
Phone: (506)-452-0467

Courses Regularly Taught

1006 Introduction to Sociology
2313 Deviance
2513 Sociology of Communication
2613 Sociology of Gender
3013 Classical Sociological Theory
3023 Modern Sociological Theory
3513 Sociology of Education
3523 Sociology of Knowledge
3563 Sociology of Music
3573 Sociology of Art & Culture
4013 Senior Seminar
4033 Advanced Sociological Theory


"Error-Correction Techniques and Sequences in Instructional Settings: Toward a Comparative Framework", Human Studies, 8 (1985), pp. 195-233.

"The Microsociology of Everyday Life", chapter in Sylvia M. Hale, Controversies in Sociology: A Canadian Introduction, Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1990.

"Musical Time as a Practical Accomplishment: A Change in Tempo", Human Studies, 13 (1990), pp. 323-359.

"The Quest for Reasonableness and Reasoning in a Mathematics Lesson". Occasional Paper, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, November, 1994

"Current Educational Reform Initiatives in New Brunswick". Our Schools/Our Selves, 7 (1): 83-102. (September, 1995).

"Humour in Conversation: A Missing Component to be Taken Seriously?". Review Essay in Human Studies, 19: 129-135. (January, 1996).

"Interpretive Perspectives on Education", incorporated as a section of a chapter in the revised edition of Dr. Sylvia Hale's textbook, Controversies in Sociology, Toronto: Copp Clark, 1995.

"Synchrony Lost, Synchrony Regained: The Achievement of Musical Co-ordination", Human Studies, 19: 199-228 (April, 1996).

"A Rehearsal of a Beethoven Passage: An Analysis of Its Correction Talk". Research on Language and Social Interaction, 29(3), 247-290 (Fall, 1996).

"Performative Error-Correction in Music: A Problem for Ethnomethodological Description", Human Studies, 25: 359-385 (2002)

Review of Tia DeNora's After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology. American Journal of Sociology, 111: 1824-5 (July, 2005).

Research Interests:

My research employs the framework of Ethnomethodology, the detailed analysis of people's practices of making sense and constructing their activities in the light of those interpretive practices. I apply this to collective music-making and also classroom interaction.

Teaching Interests:

Communication via the mass media and the new information technologies -- particularly their content as analyzed using semiotics and Marshall McLuhan's perspectives.

The arts, culture, and society, especially music and photography.

Gender relations.

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