Dale C Spencer, Assistant Professor

Dale C. Spencer completed his Masters thesis at the University of Windsor (2003-2005) and doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Neil Gerlach at Carleton University (2005-2010). Prior to joining the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba in 2012, he was a part-time lecturer at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa (2010-2011) and Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada (2011-2012).

Spencer’s research uses qualitative methods to explore the relationship between meaning and embodiment. He is guided by a concern with how people articulate their experiences and how these experiences shape their sense of self and relationship to their worlds. Spencer is committed to opposing oppressive institutions and achieving greater social justice in the communities he studies. He is on the editorial board for the peer reviewed Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP), published by University of Ottawa Press. His areas of research and publications are in the following areas:

Sociology of the Body (habits/habitus, body techniques, the senses; emotions)

Gender (men and masculinities)



Youth Studies

Criminological Theory

Continental Philosophy (Agamben, Butler, Deleuze, Guattari, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty)


Criminal Justice and Corrections

Victims and Criminal Justice



Karen Foster and Dale Spencer (Forthcoming, 2012) Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives: Work, Social Assistance, and Marginalization. Toronto and Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Dale Spencer, Kevin Walby and Alan Hunt (eds., 2012) Emotions Matter: For a relational approach to emotions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Dale Spencer (2011) Ultimate Fighting and Embodiment: Violence, Gender and Mixed Martial Arts. New York and London: Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Dale Spencer and Kevin Walby (2012) “Neo-Tribalism, Epistemic Cultures, and the Emotions of Scientific Knowledge Construction”, Emotions, Space and Society.

Dale Spencer (2012) “Narratives of Despair and Loss: Pain, Injury and Masculinity in the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts”, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 4(1): 117-137.

Dale Spencer (2011) “Cultural Criminology: An Invitation…to what?”, Critical Criminology, 19(3): 197-212.

Dale Spencer (2011) “Event and Victimization”, Criminal Law and Philosophy, 5(1): 39-52.

Karen Foster and Dale Spencer (2011) “At-Risk of What? Possibilities over Probabilities in the Study of Young Lives”, Journal of Youth Studies, 14(1): 125-143.

Dale Spencer (2010) “Governing Through Standards: Networks, Failure and Auditing”, Sociological Research Online 15(4).

Dale Spencer (2009) “Habit(us), Body Techniques and Body Callusing: an Ethnography of Mixed Martial Arts”, Body and Society 15(4): 119-143.

Dale Spencer (2009) “Sex Offender as Homo Sacer”, Punishment and Society 11(2): 219-240.

Dale Spencer & Niki Carlan (2008) “The Complexities of the Automotive Industry: positive and negative feedbacks in production systems”, Canadian Journal of Sociology 33(2): 265-290.

Daniel O’Connor, Randy Lippert, Dale Spencer & Lisa Smylie (2008) “Seeing Private Security Like a State: A Statutory Analysis of Contract Private Security in North America”, Criminology and Criminal Justice 8(2): 203-226.

Book Chapters

Kevin Walby, Dale Spencer and Alan Hunt (2012) “Introduction” in Emotions Matter: For a relational approach to emotions, Dale Spencer, Kevin Walby and Alan Hunt (eds.). University of Toronto Press. pp. 3-8.

Kevin Walby and Dale Spencer (2012) “Shiri (A mass spectrometer) and the Emotional Climate of an Earth Sciences Department” in Emotions Matter: For a relational approach to emotions, Dale Spencer, Kevin Walby and Alan Hunt (eds.). University of Toronto Press. pp. 181-200.

Kevin Walby and Dale Spencer (2011) “How Emotions Matter to Moral Panics” in Sean Hier (ed.), Moral Panic and the Politics of Anxiety. London: Routledge. pp. 104-117.   

Other Publications

Kevin Walby and Dale Spencer with Randall Collins (2010) “In Conversation with the American Sociological Association President: Randall Collins on Emotions, Violence and Interactionist Sociology” Canadian Review of Sociology, 47(1): 93-101.