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Anthony Synnott, is a Canadian sociologist of Scottish-Irish background. His principle idea is Sociology of the body and the senses to men and masculinities. He is the author or co-author of five books which most of them are translated to Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Greek. He has about 80 articles, chapters and reviews as well as posting occasional blogs on Psychology Today..[1]



British born Anthony Synnott served briefly in the Royal Navy and the Jesuits. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal.[2] His research has ranged over many topics, including The body and senses, subjectivity 'The eye and the I', Men and Masculinities, Visual sociology, Social problems, Pink Flamingoes, Satire and Cemeteries. His publications include five books and over 50 articles and chapters in various Canadian, British, American, German, and Dutch journals and books. Anthony Synnott retired in June 2015. He is currently engaged in composing Nonsense verse and writing a blog for Psychology Today.


Synnott earned a B.Sc. (Econ) at the London School of Economics., then his M.A.at the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from London University.

Selected publications[edit]


  • Synnott, Anthony (1993). The Body Social. Symbolism, Self and Society. London & New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415103596. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png Reprinted in 1996. Translated into Japanese and Korean).

Translated into Greek, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean.

Using the polyphony of three theoretical perspectives, Synnott analyses poverty, crime, suicide, racism, and alcoholism against the “shadows” of Canadian history.

  • Synnott, Anthony (2016). The Power of Sex. The Social Construction of Sex, Genders and Sexualities. Los Angeles: Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc. ISBN 9781884092213. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[4]

Book chapters[edit]

  • 2011 “Theorizing Men: Heroes, Villains and Victims” in M.Harrison and P.Schnarrs (eds) Beyond Borders: Masculinities and Margins. Harriman, TN.: Men's Studies Press: 38-66.[5]
  • 2008 “Body: Tomb, Temple, Machine, Self” in C. Malacrida and J. Low (eds) Sociology of the Body. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 38-44. Reprinted from “The Body Social.”.[6]
  • 2007 “In Praise of Men” in Beverly Matthews and Lori Beaman, Exploring Gender in Canada. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice-Hall: 51-5[7]
  • 2005 "Handling Children” in Constance Classen (ed) The Book of Touch. Oxford: Berg: 41-7[8]
  • 2002 “Senses, Sensibilities and Sensualities.” in Coming to Our Senses. (18-23) Jay Haigh and Deirdre Figueiredo (eds.) Birmingham: Craftspace Touring.[9]
  • 1998 “Fighting Back: Reactions and Resistance to Sizism: Co-authored with Leanne Joanisse in Jeffrey Sobal and Donna Maurer (eds), Interpreting Weight: The Social Management of Fatness and Thinness. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.[10]
  • “Roses, Coffee and Lovers: The Meanings of Smell". In Avery Gilbert (ed) Compendium of Olfactory Research, 1982 - 1994. New York: The Olfactory Research Fund, 117-28.[11][12]

Book review[edit]

  • 2006 John Bartkowski, The Promise Keepers.Servants, Soldiers and Godly Men. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2004 in Sociology of Religion. Vol. 67 No. 1:109-11.[13]
  • 2004 Clifford Putney, Muscular Christianity: Manhood and Sports in Protestant America,1880-1920. Cambridge: Harvard University Press in Sociology of Religion Vol.65: No3:311-3.[14]
  • 2001 Eduardo P. Archetti, Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina and Gary Armstrong, Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score (both from Berg Press); Suzette Heald, Manhood and Morality: Sex, Violence and Ritual in Gisu Society[15]


  • 2015 “Hair” in P. Whelan and A. Bolin (eds) International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. London: John Wiley.[16]
  • 2015 “Bodily Senses” in P. Whelan and A. Bolin (eds) International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. London: John Wiley.[17]
  • 2008 “Men’s Movements” in James T. Sears(ed) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality through History. Vol. 6. London: Greenwood Press: 156-9.
  • 2009 “Uglyism” in Glimpse[disambiguation needed]- Vol 1 No: 1:3-7.
  • 2006 “The Beauty Mystique” in Facial Plastic Surgery Vol 22 No 3 163-74.[18]
  • 2003 “Sociologia del Olor” Revista Mexican de Sociologia Vol 65:2: Abril-Junio:431-64.[19]
  • 1992 "Tomb, Temple, Machine and Self": Social construction of the body-The British Journal of Sociology, v43 n1 (199203): 79.[20]
  • 1992 "From Measurement to Meaning": Anthropology of the body." in Anthropos, 87: 147-66. David Howes, co-author.[21]
  • 1992 "The Eye and The I: A Sociology of Sight." International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. vol. 5, no. 4. Summer: 617-36.[22]
  • 1991 "A sociology of smell"- Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology - Vol. 28, 1991, 437.[23]
  • 1990 "Truth and Goodness. Mirrors and Masks: a Sociology of Beauty and the Face" Part 2. In The British Journal of Sociology. Vol. 41, No. 1. March: 55-76.[24]


  • "Psychology Today blogs" (2010–present).[ttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/index]
  • "Chair of Department": Psychology Today blogs(1999-2002, 2013)
  • "Board Member": American Men's studies Association.(2002-5)
  • "Board Member": Canadian Association for Irish Studies.(1999-2001)
  • "Secretary-Treasurer": Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (1989–92)
  • "Soccer Coach", City of Westmount.(1974–81)
  • "Board Member": Manitou College. Lamacaza, Quebec.(1973-5)
  • "Lecturer": Native North American Studies Institute.(1971-3)


Press clipping[edit]

  • Hair, Beards and Power: Taking it on the chin, The Economist [1]
  • The Boys of Brazil: Globe and Mail [2]
  • Beyond Macho: Defining a Man's Walk: Montreal Gazette [3]
  • Le Cruel Destin des Moches: La Presse [4]
  • Move Over, My Pretty, Ugly Is Here: New York Times [5]
  • L’entrevue –Au Secours du Sexe Fort: Le Devoir [6]


  1. "The Mystery of Love and Attraction". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. "Faculty". www.concordia.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. "Anthony Synnott".
  4. "Concordia professor's research has major sex appeal".
  5. Beyond borders : Masculinities and margins : The 17th annual American Men's Studies Association conference proceedings. Harriman, Tenn. : Men's Studies Press. 2011. ISBN 9781931342315. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Howson, Alexandra (2013-04-03). Body: Tomb, Temple, Machine, Self. ISBN 9780745664002. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Beverly Matthews".
  8. "The Book of Touch".
  9. "Coming to our senses: A multi-sensory ethnography of class and multiculture in East London".
  10. Interpreting Weight : The Social Management of Fatness and Thinness. Routledge. 2017-07-05. ISBN 9781351511728. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. Synnott, Anthony; Howes, David (1992). "From Measurement to Meaning. Anthropologies of the Body". Anthropos. 87 (1/3): 147–166. JSTOR 40462579.
  12. http://www.uky.edu/~cebatt2/research/Selected_Bibliography_05-13.pdf/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. Synnott, A. J. (2006). "The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers and Godly Men, by John P. Bartkowski. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2004, 184pp.; $60.00 USD (cloth), $21.95 USD (paper)". Sociology of Religion. 67: 109–111. doi:10.1093/socrel/67.1.109.
  14. {{Cite web=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/anonymous?id=GALE%7CA123708984&sid=googleScholar&v=2.1&it=r&linkaccess=abs&issn=10694404&p=AONE&sw=w}}
  15. (PDF) https://search.proquest.com/openview/9dfb123a082c6812feae336f83c5629e/1.pdf?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=40961. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. Synnott, Anthony (2015). "Head hair". The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. pp. 501–581. doi:10.1002/9781118896877.wbiehs200. ISBN 9781118896877. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  17. Synnott, Anthony (2015). "Bodily senses". The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. pp. 1–4. doi:10.1002/9781118896877.wbiehs060. ISBN 9781118896877. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  18. Synnott, A. (2006). "The beauty mystique". Facial Plastic Surgery : FPS. 22 (3): 163–74. doi:10.1055/s-2006-950173. PMID 17048156.
  19. https://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php?pid=S0188-25032003000200006&script=sci_abstract. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. . OCLC 7375189118. Missing or empty |title= (help) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  21. Synnott, Anthony; Howes, David (1992). "From Measurement to Meaning. Anthropologies of the Body". Anthropos. 87 (1/3): 147–166. JSTOR 40462579.
  22. "The eye and I: A sociology of sight".
  23. Synnott, Anthony (2008). "A sociology of smell". Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne de Sociologie. 28 (4): 437–459. doi:10.1111/j.1755-618X.1991.tb00164.x.
  24. "Truth and Goodness, Mirrors and Masks Part II: A Sociology of Beauty and the Face".

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