My long term ethnographic interests have been with Canadian Aboriginal peoples, especially concerning the Ojibwa or Anishenabe people living north of Lake Superior. Research in this area involved living in a remote community without cars, roads or electricity. The First Nation people spoke their Native language and for the most part continued to hunt and fish utilizing their traditional subsistence pattern. My research was conducted from a small log cabin which I heated with a wood stove. Further research involving four fieldwork trips has also been conducted among farmers in Co. Donegal, Ireland, to study globalization issues. Irish farmers who settled in Renfrew Co., Ontario, have also been the focus of an historical study spanning the years 1850-1890 in order to assess the Alexandre Chayanov model of agricultural performance.
In all, I am the author of the following books:
1. The Ogoki River Guides: Emergent Leadership among the Northern Ojibwa (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1986) 2. Up in Nipigon Country: Anthropology as a Personal Experience (Fernwood Publishing, 2001) 3. Applied Anthropology in Canada: Understanding Aboriginal Issues, 2nd ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 4. Social Anthropology: Canadian Perspectives on Culture and Society (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2012) 5. Ipperwash: The Tragic Failure of Canada's Aboriginal Policy (University of Toronto Press, 2013) 6. Public Anthropology: Engaging Social Issues in the Modern World (University of Toronto Press, 2016) 7. First Nations of Ontario: Social and Historical Perspectives (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2017) 8. After the Famine: The Irish Family Farm in Eastern Ontario, 1851-1881 (University of Toronto press, in press)