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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Adam Gemar, BS, MSc, MA


Adam is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, having joined the department in October, 2016. Before coming to Durham, Adam obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing) from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in Religion (Asian Religions) from Yale University, and a Master of Science degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

Current Research

Adam’s current research includes a PhD thesis and academic journal publications that probe various prevailing themes in the sociology of culture. These include the consumption patterns of leisure and the social-class and demographic structuring of these patterns. Adam also does specific work in defining and measuring omnivorous cultural consumption and bringing considerations of sport into the sociology of culture.

Adam also has longstanding and intersecting intellectual interests in various economic, legal, political, historical, and religious aspects of societies from around the world.


Conference Proceeding

  • (2019). Cultural capital and emerging forms of culture: The case of meditation, yoga, and vegetarianism in the UK. 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Manchester, UK.
  • (2019). The measure of a fan: Social stratification in the voracity of professional sports consumption. Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), Atlanta, USA.
  • (2019). The Social Patterning of Sport: Patterns of Regular Sports Participation and Social Stratification in Canada. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA), Oakland, USA.
  • (2019). The stratification of professional sports following: A re-examination of the omnivore thesis. Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), Atlanta, USA.
  • (2018). Capturing the cultural omnivore: Methodological considerations from two Canadian surveys. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Philadelphia, USA.
  • (2018). Sport as culture: An analysis of the professional sport consumer’s cultural engagement. Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association (BSA), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
  • (2018). Sport as culture: Sports participation and styles of cultural consumption in Canada. World Congress of Sociology of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Toronto, Canada.

Journal Article


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