Author: Pat Armstrong

Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at York University. She has published on a wide range of issues related to gender, healthcare and work. Her latest books are Wash, Wear, and Care (with Suzanne Day), and The Privatization of Care (with Hugh Armstrong).

  • Ontario’s Care Crisis /w Pat Armstrong

    We continue our discussion of the crisis in long-term care homes in Ontario. This time we are joined by Dr. Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Listen to audio »

  • Viruses and Care

    It is not surprising that the first recorded deaths from COVID-19 were in nursing homes. But the contributing factors cannot be attributed solely to age. Long-term residential care shares with other healthcare organizations the negative impacts of neoliberal policies, namely cutbacks in government funding and a failure to keep up with demand for public services, … Keep reading »

  • States and Markets: The Making of Globalization

    Session 5 of the Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy conference: States and Markets: The Making of Globalization. Presentations by Dick Bryan, Ana Garcia, Sean Starrs and Pat Armstrong. Recorded in Toronto, 7 October 2017. Watch video »

  • Canadian Health Care: Privatization and Gendered Labour

    Priscillia Lefebvre is a collaborative Ph.D. student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology/Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada). She held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research, focused on gender and chaired the group Women and … Keep reading »

  • Launch of Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms, Health Under Capitalism

    Part 1: A panel discussion with contributing authors: Colin Leys (Health, health care and capitalism), Pat Armstrong (Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health care), Roddy Loepky (Certain wealth: Accumulation in the health industry). Part 2: Commentators: Dr Andy Coates (Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Chair, Single Payer New York) and Natalie (Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition). Watch video »

  • Whose Healthcare?

    Challenging the Corporate Struggle to Rule Our System Hugh Armstrong, et al. Most Canadians reject a private health care system that is driven by the accumulation of profit, that limits people’s access to the size of their wallets and provides health in exchange for the risk of financial debt. Affordable public health care – for one’s own … Keep reading »