Parin Dossa, Simon Fraser University

Professor Sociology and Anthropology Vancouver, British Columbia pdossa@sfu.ca Office: (778) 782-3778

Bio/Research

Dr. Parin Dossa, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, received her education on three continents: Africa, Europe and North America. Her long-standing interest on displacement and critical feminist ethnography has led her to fo...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Parin Dossa, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, received her education on three continents: Africa, Europe and North America. Her long-standing interest on displacement and critical feminist ethnography has led her to focus on the interface between social inequality, health and gender. Based on her research on social suffering and narratives of trauma, Dr. Dossa explores the differential effects of institutional policies on the lived realities of Muslim women in the Diaspora. She grounds her analysis in methodologies that capture the reconstitution of lives on the margins of society. This process questions the conceptualization of the local and the everyday as discrete from the centralized polity, thus presenting the alternative view of margins as a site for the making of a just world.

Dr. Dossa’s field work on Muslim women in metropolis Vancouver and in Kenya, Pakistan and Afghanistan (in progress) has resulted in several interrelated projects: racialized bodies and disabling worlds; policy implications of storytelling in the work of service providers; testimonial narratives and social marginality; place, health and everyday life; social suffering; and anti-racist education and critical pedagogy.

Her work has been published in edited collections and several scholarly journals including Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Mental Health, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, International Journal of Human Development and Aging, International Journal of Rehabilitation Research (two lead articles), Pakistani Journal of Women’s Studies, Teaching Education (co-authored), Disability and Society, Health and Place (co-authored), Affilia: Journal of Woman and Social Work, and Journal of Muslim Mental Health.


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