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 


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles

Atkinson, M. & Gibson, K. (In Press). Beyond Boundaries: The development and potential of ethnography in the study of sport and physical culture. Cultural Studies.

Jachyra, P., Atkinson, M., & Bandiera, G. (2015). Urban Cyclists’ Perspectives on Behavior Change: A Qualitative Study.Transportation Research: Traffic Psychology and Behavior (In Press)

Jachyra, P., Atkinson, M., & Washiya, Y. (2015). “Who are You and What are You Doing Here? Methodological Considerations in Ethnographic Health and Education Research.” Ethnography and Education 10(2): 242-261. 

Atkinson, M. (2014). “The Terrier [Men].” Sociology of Sport Journal 31(4): 420-437. 

Atkinson, M. & Young, K. (2012). Shadowed by the Corpse of War: Sport Spectacles and the Spirit of Terrorism.International Review for the Sociology of Sport 47(3):286-306.

Book Chapters

Atkinson, M. (2016). Researching Sport. In R. Giuliannotti (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport. London, UK: Routledge. 

Atkinson, M. (2015). The Loneliness of the Fell Runner: An Ethnographic Foray. In G. Molnar & L. Purdy (Eds.), Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. London, UK: Routledge.

Atkinson, M. & De Lisio, A. (2014). Mega Events, Sport Legacies and Sociologically Informed Impact Assessment. In C. Okada and K. Young (Eds), Sport, Social Development and Peace. London: Elsevier. 

Young, K. & Atkinson, M. (Eds). (2012). Qualitative Research on Sport and Physical Culture. London: Elsevier.

Awards and Recognition

Winner, SSHRC Aurora Prize 2004