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Hugh Armstrong

Distinguished Research Professor, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Political Economy

Degrees:Ph.D. (Montreal)

Research Interests/ Current Research Projects:

  • women and work
  • the political economy of health and health care
  • the organization of work
  • labour market policy
  • long-term care

Publications from 1990


  • Wasting Away: The Undermining of Canadian Health Care.  Wynford Project Edition (Toronto: Oxford U.P., 2010)
  • The Double Ghetto: Canadian Women and Their Segregated Work. Wynford Project Edition (Toronto: Oxford U.P., 2010)
  • About Canada: Health Care (Halifax and Winnipeg: Ferwood Books, 2008)
  • Wasting Away: The Undermining of Canadian Health Care. Second Edition (Toronto: Oxford U.P. 2003)
  • Universal Health Care: What the United Staces can Learn from the Canadian Experience (New York: New Press, 1998)
  • Wasting Away: The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (Toronto: Oxford U.P., 1996)
  • The Double Ghetto: Canadian Women and Their Segregated Work. Third Edition (Toronto: McCllelland & Stewart, 1994)
  • Theorizing Women’s Work (Toronto: Garamond, 1990)
    – all co-authored with Pat Armstrong
  • Critical to Care: The Invisible Women in Health Services (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008)-co-authored with Pat Armstrong and Krista Scott-Dixon
  • They Deserve Better: The long-term care experience in Canada and Scandinavia (Ottawa: CCPA 2009)
  • Heal Thyself: Managing Health Care Reform (Aurora: Garamond, 2000)
  • Medical Alert: New Work Organizations in Health Care (Toronto: Garamond, 1997)
  • Take Care: Warning Signals for Canada’s Health Care System (Toronto: Garamond, 1994)
    – all co-authored with Pat Armstrong and others
  • Studies in Political Economy: Developments in Feminism (Toronto: Women’s Press, 2003)
    – co-edited with Caroline Andrew and others
  • Unhealthy Times: Political Economy Perspectives on Health and Health Care in Canada (Toronto: Oxford U.P., 2001)
    – co-edited with Pat Armstrong and David Coburn

Refereed Articles and Chapters:

  • “Thinking Globally: Women, Work and Caring” in Angela Miles (ed.), Women in a Globalizing World (Toronto: Inanna, 2013)(with Pat Armstrong et al.)
  • “Neoliberalism and Official Health Statistics” in Pat Armstrong and Susan Braedley (eds.), Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices (Toronto: Women’s Press, 2013)
  • “The Thin Blue Line: Long Term Care as an Indicator of Equity in Welfare States” Canadian Women Studies 29:3 (July 2012) 49-60 (with Pat Armstrong and Tamara Daly)
  • “Structural Violence in Long-term Residential Care For Older People: Comparing Canada and Scandinavia” Social Science and Medicine 74:3 (February 2012): 390-98 (with Albert Banerjee et al.)
  • Lifting the ‘Violence Veil’: Examining Working Conditions in Long-Term Care Facilities Using Iterative Mixed Methods” Canadian Journal on Aging 30:2 (2011): 271-84 (with Tamara Daly et al.)
  • “Structural Violence in Long-Term Residential Care” Women’s Health and Urban Life X:1 (May 2011): 111-29 (with Pat Armstrong et al.)
  • “Contradictions at Work: Struggles for Control in Canadian Health Care: in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds.) Socialist Register 2010 (London: Merlin Press, 2009) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Gendering Work? Women and Technologies in Health” in Ellen Balka, Eileen Green and Flis Henwood (eds.), Gender, Health and Information Technology in Context (Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) (with Pat Armstrong and Karen Messing)
  • “Precarious Employment in the Health Care Sector” in Leah F. Vosko, Martha MacDonald and Iain Campbell (eds.), Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment (Long: Routledge, 2009)
  • “Doubtful Data: Why Paradigms Matter in Counting the Health Care Labour Force: in Vivian Shalla and Wallace Clement (eds), Work in Tumultuous Times (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s U.P, 2007) (with Pat Armstrong and Kate Laxer)
  • “Public and Private: Implications for Care Work” Sociological Review 53:2 (December 2005) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Planning for Care: Approaches to Health Human Resource Policy and Planning:, in Pierre-Gerlier Forest (ed.) Changing Health Care in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2004) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Thinking It Through: Women, Work and Caring in the New Millenium”, in Karen R. Grant et al (eds.), Caring For/Caring About: Women, Home Care and Unpaid Caregiving (Aurora: Garamond, forthcoming 2004) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Beyond Sexless Class and Classless Sex: Towards Feminist Marxism”, in Caroline Andrew et al. (eds.) Studies in Political Economy: Developments in Feminism (Toronto: Women’s Press, 2003) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Thinking It Through: Women, Work and Caring in the New Millenium”, Canadian Woman Studies, 21/22:4/1 (Spring/Summer 2002) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Feminist Methodology”, in Merle Jacobs (ed.), Is Anyone Listening? Women, Work, and Society (Toronto: Women’s Press, 2002) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Social Cohesion and Privatization in Canadian Health Care”, Canadian Journal of Law and Society , 16:2 (2001)
  • “Women, Privatization and Health Care Reform: The Ontario Case” in Pat Armstong et al. (eds.), Exposing Privatization: Women and Health Care Reform in Canada (Aurora: Garamond, 2002) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “The Everyday Experiences of Implicit Rationing: Comparing the Voices of Nurses in California and British Columbia” Sociology of Health and Illness, 23:5 (September 2001) with Ivy Lynn Bourgeault et al.)
  • “The Impact of Managed Care on Nurses “Workplace Learning and Teaching”, Nursing Inquiry (2000) (with Jerry P. White et al.)
  • “Decentalized Health Care in Canada” British Medical Journal 318 (1 May 1999) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Health Care as a Business” in Antony & Samuelson (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues (Halifax: Fernwood, 1998) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “The Many Forms of Privatization”: Studies in Political Economy 53 (Summer 1997) (with Pat Armstrong and M. Patricia Connelly)
  • “The Reorganization of Work” in Hanna and Cockerton (eds.), Humanities: Self, Society and Culture. Fourth Edition (Toronto: Thompson, 1993)
  • Better Irreverent Than Irrelevant” in Carrol et al. (eds.), Fragile Truths (Ottawa: Carleton U.P., 1992) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Sex and the Professions in Canada” Journal of Canadian Studies 27:1 (spring 1992) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Limited Possibilities and Possible Limits for Pay Equity” in Fudge and McDermott (eds.), Just Wages (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991) (with Pat Armstrong)
  • “Lessons from Pay Equity” Studies in Political Economy 32 (spring 1990) (with Pat Armstrong)