Sean P. Hier

University of Victoria

Sean Heir is an Associate Professr of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He holds a PhD from McMaster University. Seans current research is concentrated in two areas: public camera surveillance and racism. He is currently preparing books on racism and the complexity of social change (to be published by Broadview Press) and the establishment of public camera surveillance in Canada (to be published by UBC Press). He is also currently preparing edited volumes on critical debates in racism studies and surveillance and social problems (both with Fernwood Publishing). Dr. Hier’s graduate students have completed Master’s theses on Public Camera Surveillance (2004), Media Representation (2005), Visual Culture (2005), Alternative Communities (2007), and Public Opinion and Surveillance (2007). He currently supervises theses on CCTV Surveillance (PhD), Pre-Electronic Surveillance (PhD), Resisting Surveillance (MA), Governance and Representation (MA), Realism and Panic (MA), and Realism and Justice (MA).

  • Racism and Justice

    Critical Dialogue on the Politics of Identity, Inequality and Change

    Edited by Singh Bolaria, Sean P. Hier and Daniel Lett     March 2009

    The essays in this volume explore the prospect for post-raciality. It is common to find the prefix “post” treated as an epochal synonym for “after” or “beyond,” as somehow distinct from what came before. But the post as post-racial politics is better conceptualized in terms of a set of interrelated institutional and cultural changes that can neither be separated from historical relations nor which are reducible to the past. This volume presents a set of essays that collectively prioritize complexity over simplicity, progress over retrenchment, unity over diversity, and polemics over dogmatism. It seeks to inform discussion and debate about the prospect for a post-racial politics that is neither oblivious to the importance of racial classification nor the persistence of racism and injustice. The volume will leave readers better informed about race, racism and justice and with as many questions as answers.