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Johnston,Josée, Kate Cairns, and Shyon Baumann. 2017. Introducing Sociology Using the Stuff of Everyday Life. New York: Routledge. 

Cairns, Kate, and Josée Johnston. 2015. Food and Femininity. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

MacKendrick, Norah, and Kate Cairns. 2019. The polluted child and maternal responsibility in the US environmental health movement. Signs 44(2): 307-332.

Cairns, Kate. 2018. Beyond magic carrots: Garden pedagogies and the rhetoric of effects. Harvard Educational Review 88(4): 516-537.

Cairns, Kate. 2018. Youth, temporality, and territorial stigma: Finding good in Camden, New JerseyAntipode 50(5): 1224-1243. 

Cairns, Kate. 2018. Relational foodwork: Young people and food insecurityChildren & Society 32(2018): 174-184.

Cairns, Kate and Josée Johnston. 2018. On (not) knowing where your food comes from: Meat, mothering, and ethical eatingAgriculture and Human Values 35(3): 569-580.

Cairns, Kate. 2017. Connecting to Food: Cultivating Children in the School Garden. Children’s Geographies. 15(3): 304-318.

Cairns, Kate, Deborah McPhail, Claudyne Chevrier, and Jill Bucklaschuk. 2015. The Family Behind the Farm: Race and the affective geographies of Manitoba pork production. Antipode 47(5): 1184-1202. 

Cairns, Kate, and Josée Johnston. 2015. Choosing health: Embodied neoliberalism, postfeminism, and the “do-diet”. Theory and Society 44(2): 153-175. 

Cairns, Kate. 2014. Both here and elsewhere: Rural girls’ contradictory visions of the future. Gender and Education 26(5):477-489. 

Gaztambide-Fernández, Rubén, Elena VanderDussen, and Kate Cairns. 2014. “The Mall” and “The Plant”: Choice and the classed construction of possible futures in two specialized arts programs. Education and Urban Society 46(1):109-134.

Cairns, Kate. 2013. Youth, dirt, and the spatialization of subjectivity: An intersectional approach to white rural imaginaries. Canadian Journal of Sociology 38(4): 623-646. 

Cairns, Kate, Josée Johnston and Norah MacKendrick. 2013. Feeding the ‘organic child’: Mothering through ethical consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture 13(2): 97-118.

Cairns, Kate. 2013. Ethnographic locations: The geographies of feminist post-structural ethnography. Ethnography and Education 8(3): 323-337.

Cairns, Kate. 2013. The subject of neoliberal affects: Rural youth envision their futures. The Canadian Geographer. 57(3): 337-344. 

GaztambideFernández, Rubén, Kate Cairns, Yuko Kawashima, Lydia Menna and Elena VanderDussen. 2011. Portraiture as pedagogy: Learning research through the exploration of context and methodology. International Journal of Education and the Arts 12(4): 

Cairns, Kate. 2010. “Thinking Beyond Borders”? A transnational feminist critique of discourses of internationalism in Canada. Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 35(1): 28-40.

Cairns, Kate, Josée Johnston and Shyon Baumann. 2010. Caring about food: Doing gender in the foodie kitchen. Gender & Society 24(5):591-615. 

Cairns, Kate. 2009. A future to voice? Continuing debates in feminist research with youth. Gender and Education 23(3): 321-335.

Book Chapters

Johnston, Josée, Kate Cairns, and Merin Oleschuk. 2017. A Kind Diet: Cultivating Consumer Politics, Status, and Femininity through Ethical Eating. In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture, edited by Kathleen LeBesco and Peter Naccarato, 286-300. London: Bloomsbury. 

Cairns, Kate. 2016. Morality and Relationality in Children’s Foodscapes. In Geographies of Identities and Subjectivities, eds. Claire Dwyer and Nancy Worth, Vol. 4 of Geographies of Children and Young People, editor-in-chief Tracey Skelton. Singapore: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-91-0_24-1 

Cairns, Kate. 2015. Girls’ studies in the rural. In Feminisms and Ruralities, edited by B. Pini, B. Brandth, and J. Little, 167-180. Lexington Books. 

Cairns, Kate, Kim DeLaat, Josée Johnston, and Shyon Baumann. 2014. The caring, committed Eco-Mom: Consumer ideals and lived realities. In Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-Chic, edited by B. Barendregt and R. Jaffe, 100-114. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Gaztambide-Fernández, Rubén, Kate Cairns, and Chandni Desai. 2013. The sense of entitlement. In Privilege, Agency, and Affect, ed. P. Aggleton and C. Maxwell, 32-49. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cairns, Kate. 2012. Reading futures: Exploring rural students’ literacy practices in neo-liberal times. In Rethinking rural literacies: Transnational perspectives, edited by Bill Green and Michael Corbett. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cairns, Kate. 2012. Partnering power: Questions posed from governmentality. In Canadian education: Governing practices and producing subjects, edited by Brenda L. Spencer, Kenneth D Gariepy, Kari Dehli, and James Ryan. Calgary: Sense Publishers.

Johnston, Josée, and Kate Cairns. 2012. Eating for change. In Commodity activism: Cultural resistance in neoliberal times, edited by Sarah Banet-Weiser and Roopali Muhkerjee, 219-239. New York University Press.

Johnston, Josée, Shyon Baumann, and Kate Cairns. 2010. The national and the cosmopolitan in cuisine: Constructing America through gourmet food writing. In The globalization of food, edited by David Inglis and Debra Gimlin, 161-183. London: Berg Publishers.

GaztambideFernández, Rubén, and Kate Cairns. 2010. Cultural studies. In International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition, edited by Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGraw. Elsevier Press.

Other Writing

Goodman, Michael K, Josée Johnston and Kate Cairns. 2017. Editorial: Food, media and space: The mediated biopolitics of eatingGeoforum 84 (Aug 2017): 161-168.

Cairns, Kate. 2016. Review of Childhood (by Michael Wyness). International Journal of Sociology of the Family 42(1-2): 54-56.

Cairns, Kate. 2016. Review of Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen. Gender & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0891243216630728 

Cairns, Kate. 2016. Review of The Moral Geographies of Children, Young People and Food: Beyond Jamie’s School Dinners. Food, Culture and Society. Published online 12 Jan 2016. DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2015.1088209. 

Johnston, Josée, and Kate Cairns. 2014. Food shopping: A chore or a pleasure?  Contexts 13(3):6. 

Johnston, Josée, and Kate Cairns. 2013. Searching for the ‘alternative’, caring, reflexive consumer. International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food 20(3): 403-408.

Cairns, Kate. 2010. The methodological dilemma: Creative, critical and collaborative approaches to qualitative research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 23(6): 755-758.

Cairns, Kate. 2008. Review essay: Being, inventing and understanding gendered subjects. Gender and Education 20(6): 655-659.


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