Benet Davetian



NameBenet Davetian
PositionFaculty Member
Department(s)Sociology and Anthropology
Phone(902) 566-0607
BuildingMain Building 524

Benet Davetian


Associate Professor (Sociology)

BA, MA (Concordia); PhD (Sussex)

Former chair of Sociology and Anthropology (2007-2010), Dr. Davetian is one of the world's leading experts on 'civility' and its role in human interaction, social organization and conflict. He has researched civility in France, England and America and appeared on special documentaries produced by CTV and CBC. He has also appeared on numerous media programs and is founder/director of the privately-owned The Civility Institute.

His most recent book, CIVILITY: A Cultural History (University of Toronto Press) has been recognized by world-renowned academics and media critics as a seminal work in sociology and cultural studies. An earlier book, The Seventh Circle, was awarded the Mordecai Richler Prize for best book of the year. His articles on multiculturalism, social theory and inter-civilizational conflict have been quoted internationally.

In 2004, he was selected for inclusion in Canada's Who's Who in recognition of his contributions to literature, multiculturalism and Canadian identity. In 2010 he was awarded the UPEI Faculty Association Scholarly Merit Award.

His various scholarly activities have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the British Commonwealth Association of Universities. He has delivered keynote speeches at various conferences.

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Research Interests

  • Social theory
  • Sociology of education
  • Media and society
  • Cross-cultural sociology
  • Civilizational dialogue
  • Literature
  • Cultural history
  • Civility

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