Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson, Professor, Illness & Suffering

  • Professor, Illness & Suffering
  • Director, Graduate Studies
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Michael

Academic Training

PhD, University of Calgary, 2001

MA, McMaster University, 1997

BA (hons), University of Waterloo, 1995

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Physical cultural studies 

Suffering, pain and illness 

Narrative ethics and narrative medicine 

Masculinities and health 

Ethnography

Selected Publications

Atkinson, M., & Young, K. (2020). On whiskey, generational osmosis, and thinking ‘til it hurts: Eric Dunning and the Canadian Sociology of Sport FigurationSport in Society23(10), 1690–1701. 

Atkinson, M. (2019), "Sport and Risk Culture", The Suffering Body in Sport (Research in the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 5-21.

Gibson, K., & Atkinson, M. (2018). Beyond Boundaries: The Development and Potential of Ethnography in the Study of Sport and Physical Culture. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies18(6), 442–452.

Cairney, J., McGannon, K. R., & Atkinson, M. (2018). Exercise is medicine: critical considerations in the qualitative research landscapeQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health10(4), 391–399.