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Aronson Jane, Professor | Director of School of Social Work

Jane Aronson

Professor | Director of School of Social Work

Emeritus Faculty
School of Social Work

Area(s) of Interest:


My research interests center on the giving and receiving of health care and public services. Particularly, I am concerned with the needs of women and older adults, long-term care policies and practices, and their implications for women’s work and well-being as givers and receivers of care. The majority of my work has focused on the neoliberal restructuring of public services, caring labour and the welfare state.


1988 - PhD, Dept. of Behavioural Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

1975 - MSW, McGill University

1974 - BSW, McGill University

1972 - BSc Social Administration, The New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland


Courses Taught


  • SOC WORK 3D06 Practice of General Social Work 
  • SOC WORK 3DD6 Social Work Field Practice
  • SOC WORK 4E03 Women and Social Welfare 
  • SOC WORK 4T03 Women and Social Work Practice 
  • WOMENST 4B06 Topics in Women, the Economy and the State


  • SOC WORK 602 Social Policy and the Aging Population
  • SOC WORK 719 Processes and Politics of Social Policy Research
  • SOC WORK 726 Institutional Structuring of Practices in Social Work
  • SOC WORK 737 Critical Approaches to Social Work Knowledge


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Daley, A., MacDonnell, J., Brotman, S., St Pierre, M., Aronson, J. & Gillis, L. (2017). Providing Health and Social Services to Older LGBTQ Adults. Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics. 37: 143-160.

Neysmith, S. and Aronson, J. (2012). Global Aging and Comparative Research: Pushing Theoretical and Methodological Boundaries. Journal of Aging Studies 26 (3): 227-231.

Aronson, J. and Hemingway, D. (2011). ‘Competence’ in Neoliberal Times: Defining the Future of Social Work. Canadian Social Work Review 28(2): 280-285.

Sinding, C., Aronson, J., McGillicuddy, P., Rochon Ford, A. (2011). The Right to be Involved: Contexts and Contradictions. Canadian Social Work Review 28 (1): 69-88.

Aronson, J. and Smith, K. (2011) Identity Work and Critical Social Service Management: Balancing on a Tightrope? British Journal of Social Work 41: 432-448.

Aronson, J. and Smith, K. (2010). Managing Restructured Social Services: Expanding the Social? British Journal of Social Work 40: 530-547.

Sinding, C., Hudak, P., Wiernikoski, J., Aronson, J., Miller, P., Gould, J. Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D. (2010). Negotiating Responsibility for Treatment Decisions in Cancer Care. Social Science & Medicine 71: 1094 –1101.

Aronson, J. (2006). Silenced Complaints, Suppressed Expectations: The Cumulative Effects of Home Care Rationing. International Journal of Health Services 36 (3): 535-556.

Aronson, J. and Neysmith, S. (2006). Obscuring the Costs of Home Care: Restructuring at Work.  Work, Employment and Society 20(1): 27-45.

Aronson, J., Denton, M. and Zeytinoglu, I. (2004). Market-Modelled Home Care in Ontario: Deteriorating Working Conditions and Dwindling Community Capacity. Canadian Public Policy 30 (1): 111-125.

Sinding, C. and Aronson, J. (2003) Exposing Failures, Unsettling Accommodations: Tensions in Interview Practice. Qualitative Research 3 (1): 95-118.

Aronson, J. (2002) Elderly People’s Accounts of Home Care Rationing: Missing Voices in Long-Term Care Policy Debates. Ageing and Society 22: 399-418.

Aronson, J. and Neysmith, S. (2001). Manufacturing Social Exclusion in the Home Care Market. Canadian Public Policy, XXVII (2): 151-165.

Aronson, J. and Sammon, S. (2000) Practice Amid Social Service Cuts and Restructuring: Working with the Contradictions of ‘Small Victories’. Canadian Social Work Review, 17 (2): 167- 87.

Aronson, J. (1998). Lesbians Giving and Receiving Care: Stretching Conceptualizations of Caring and Community. Women’s Studies International Forum, 21 (5): 505-520.

Aronson, J. and Neysmith, S. (1997). The Retreat of the State & Long-Term Care Provision: Implications for Frail Elderly People, Unpaid Family Carers & Paid Home Care Workers.  Studies in Political Economy, 53: 37-66.

Neysmith, S. and Aronson, J. (1997). Working Conditions in Home Care: Negotiating Race & Class Boundaries in Gendered Work. International Journal of Health Services, 27 (3): 479-499.