Murray Knuttila


Murray Knuttila teaches in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina where he is also Dean of Arts. His biography, That Man Partridge: E.A. Partridge, His Thoughts and Times tells the story of an important figure in Canadian history. He is also the author of Introducing Sociology; A Critical Perspective and numerous articles on the state in capitalist society and on the historical role of the state in structuring Western Canadian society.

  • Paying for Masculinity

    Boys, Men and the Patriarchal Dividend

    By Murray Knuttila     September 2016

    In Paying for Masculinitiy, Murray Knuttila argues that male dominance is best understood in the context of the particular mode of gender practice — hegemonic masculinity — that typifies patriarchal gender orders.

  • State Theories, 3rd Edition

    Classical, Global and Feminist Perspectives

    By Murray Knuttila and Wendee Kubik     January 2000

    The Third Edition of State Theories: Classical, Global and Feminist Perspectives formally introduces a new co-author, Wendee Kubik. Since the first edition of State Theories was published thirteen years ago the capitalist system has undergone major transformations. These changes in the “real world” have been accompanied by major new theoretical developments in how scholars attempt to understand the structure, role, and operation of the state in capitalist societies. The revised text includes three new chapters that update both the historical context and recent theoretical developments in the field of state theories. One new chapter examines the rise and fall of the welfare state in the Fordist and post-Fordist eras as the context for understanding recent developments in pluralist and neo-Marxian theory, the recent debates surrounding the relevance and role of the nation state, and the post-modernist critique of so-called totalizing theories. A second new chapter considers the work of major feminist scholars as it addresses issues relating to relationships of women to class, power, and the gendered nature of the liberal democratic state. A new conclusion points to critical weaknesses in existing approaches, and suggests potential new theoretical and research directions.