Gordon Bailey has recently retired after teaching Sociology for 18 years at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.
Prior to that, he taught at various institutions (Grade 2 to Graduate School) in Canada, Britain, Malaysia, and the United States. Before moving to Capilano University to teach Sociology, he taught courses in ‘Education and Social thought’ for nine years at the University of Victoria. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1975). He has published two books, one on Sociological Theory and one on Ideology, as well as a number of articles and reviews.
The Prayer Book Cowboy
Tom Severn rides again in The Prayer Book Cowboy. The eco-green detective has his own position on the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the Kinder Morgan refit. Cycling against the grain has become a ‘vocation’! Severn cycles inner Vancouver and the North Shore. The ‘nodding donkey’ cycles in southern Alberta while excavators and dump trucks pull bitumen from the Tar Sands in the north. Somebody’s not paying attention or perhaps paying too much attention. Kidnapping, extortion, fanaticism!
Social Theory: Essential Readings. Second Edition (co-edited with N. Gayle). Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Ideology: Structuring Identities in Contemporary Life. (co-authored with N. Gayle) Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
The Jagged Cup
What can a Green, urbane detective do for Vancouver?
Tom Severn is a green detective, bicycling, living, and working from his Main Street, Vancouver office. He brings to life environmental issues that make Vancouver living both difficult and interesting.
Bottled Water, Carbon Offsets and e-Trucking, Cycling and Cars in tension and collision, YVR – airport eco-concerns are explored in new and important ways. He undertakes a series of cases that epitomize Vancouver’s complex urban environment. Severn’s investigations end with a trip to an organic, ‘Slow Farm’ near the city and finishes facing the educational forces within this ecological dynamic.
This is a book that examines fanaticism, humour, ecological contests, and the need for some levity if we are to meet the increasing demands of living within the tension-filled contradictions of life in a city trying to define itself.
Tom Severn’s love of ART, BASEBALL, and urban ARCHITECTURE makes the book a compelling and often quite amusing read.
Besides being a very funny and uniquely written mystery, The Jagged Cup is an exceptional, information-based study of Vancouver’s ecological life – a pertinent and current topic of interest for British Columbians.
The books are available through Shoal’s Edge Press at $14.95 each. Discounts are available for multiple purchases. Please contact me, Gordon A. Bailey, for more information.