Campus Directory: William Ramp

University of Lethbridge

William Ramp
Sociology Department
Office: A882 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2347


M.A., Ph.D. (Sociology)


Classical sociological and social theory, History of sociology, Cultural sociology, Material culture; material history, History of agrarian movements, Agrarian thought and culture, Sociology of religion; implicit religion, Individual and collective identity, Socio-cultural aspects of art-collecting (late-Victorian and Edwardian periods), History of gambling and anti-gambling movements, 19th-Century Scottish emigration, 19th-Century Scottish society and culture

Research Areas

Cultural history of art-collecting, 19th-Century Scottish emigration to Canada, History of selfhood and identity, Religious aspects of selfhood and identity, Sociological and social theory – Durkheim, Cultural history of gambling and anti-gambling movements

Previous Research Areas

Cultural history of Gambling, Agrarian thought and culture, Scottish emigrant networks, Rural health and community organization, Education and collective identity in an aboriginal community, Sociological and social theory (Emile Durkheim; Georges Bataille)

Alternate Languages

limited French

Selected Publications

Edited volume

William Ramp, Judith Kulig, Ivan Townshend, Virginia McGowan, eds.
Health in Rural Settings: Contexts for Action
Lethbridge: University of Lethbridge

Guest-edited journal issue

Journal of Classical Sociology 8:2 (May).
Special issue on Durkheimian sociology
(includes intro., "Durkheim Redux", pp. 147-157)

Journal articles

"Transcendence, Liminality and Excess: Durkheim and Bataille on the Margins of 'Sociologie Religieuse'"
Journal of Classical Sociology 8:2 (May), 208-232

"Religion and the dualism of the social condition in Durkheim and Bataille"
Economy and Society, 32:1 (February), 119-140

"Durkheim and the Unthought: Some Dilemmas of Modernity."
Canadian Journal of Sociology, 26:1 (Winter), 89-115

Co-authored journal article

William Ramp and Kirby Smith
"What is an Educated Person? Definitions of and Motivations for Educational Achievement Among Members of the Pii'kani Nation"
Canadian Journal of Native Studies XXIV: 1, 65-89

Contributions to edited collections

"'Blood Money': Gambling and the formation of Civic Morality"
In J. Cosgrave and T. Klassen, eds. Casino State: Legalized Gambling in Canada
Toronto: University of Toronto Press

"Le Malin Génie: Durkheim, Bataille and the Prospect of a Sociology of Evil"
In W.S.F. Pickering and Massimo Rosati, eds., Suffering and Evil: The Durkheimian Legacy
Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books

"The Moral Discourse of Durkheim's Suicide" (chapter)
"Introducing Durkheim: the Perils of Theoretical Pedagogy" (contribution to symposium)
Both in G. Walford and W. S. F. Pickering, eds. Durkheim's Suicide: a Century of Research and Debate
London: Routledge

"Durkheim and Foucault on the Genesis of the Disciplinary Society"
In M. S. Cladis, ed. Durkheim and Foucault on Education and Punishment
Oxford and New York: Durkheim Press and Berghahn Books

"Effervescence, Differentiation and Representation in Durkheim's Elementary Forms"
In N. J. Allen, W. S. F. Pickering and W. Watts Miller, eds. On Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life
London: Routledge

Book chapters

"Global Investment and Local Politics: The Case of Lethbridge." (Mustafa Koc 2nd author)
In Roger Epp and David Whitson, eds. Writing Off the Rural West: Globalization, Governments and the Transformation of Rural Communities
Edmonton: University of Alberta Press and Parkland Institute

"Moral Spectacles: Norm and Transgression in the News Media"
In L. Beaman, ed. New Perspectives on Deviance: The Construction of Deviance in Everyday Life
Scarborough, Ontario: Prentice Hall, Allyn & Bacon

In The Media

Civic morality and gambling: An intersection of past and present; Alberta Gaming Research Institute;

Research Team Considers Peigan Nation's Attitudes Towards Education; Legend; February 2005.

Half of Gambling Grants Go to U of L; Legend; December 2002.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Constructing Emigrant University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $4,200.00, to Dec. 2007.

W. Ramp, University of Lethbridge
Cultural history of selfhood and identity W. Ramp, University of Lethbridge
Liars of Truth: the invented worlds of Edwardian Art-Collectors W. Ramp, University of Lethbridge
Sociological Theory - Durkheim W. Ramp, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Motivation for education among Peigan youth and adults Multidisciplinary Aboriginal Project (SSHRC Aid to Small Universitie) 2004
Gambling, Identity and Community: Evaluating the place of chance in the formation of moral cultures Alberta Gaming Research Institute 2007; analysis ongoing
The Construction of Emigrant Identities: a documentary case study University of Lethbridge Research Fund Ongoing

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