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Reading Sociology

Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition

Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Angela Kalyta

Published in partnership with the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), this reader offers students an engaging overview of the current state of sociology in Canada. With over 60 interesting, expertly-edited selections by both well-known and up-and-coming CSA members, the reader is organized into 16 thematic parts that explore the main areas of sociological inquiry. This second edition includes a brand new cross-referencing guide to help students make conceptual connections among the readings and a new section addressing media issues exposes students to this ever-growing area of study. Covering a broad spectrum of sociological thought, Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, second edition, will engage students with cutting-edge research being conducted by Canadian sociologists.

Readership : First- and second-year university or college introduction to sociology courses.


  • "Well-written contemporary articles deal with issues of importance to Canada and other societies. Many of the authors use interesting research methods to examine the multifaceted nature of living in contemporary society."

    --Ron Joudrey, Red Deer College

PART I: What is Sociology? Theories and Research Methods
1. Peter Eglin*: Intellectual Citizenship and Incarnation: A Reply to Stanley Fish
2. Rick Helmes-Hayes*: Anticipating Burawoy: John Porter's Public Sociology
3. Patricia D. McGuire*: Indigenous Spaces in Sociology
4. Bruce Curtis: Reading Reflexively
5. Jean-Philippe Warren*: Francophone and Anglophone Sociologists in Canada: Diverging, Converging, or Parallel Trends?
PART II: Culture
6. Steve Garlick*: Maintaining Control? Masculinity and Internet Pornography
7. Sarah Knudson*: What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Examining Cultural Change and Ideas about Gender Equality in Relationship Self-Help Books, 1960-2009
8. Stephen Harold Riggins*: The Bonds of Things
9. Slobodan Drakulic*: Nationalism from Below
PART III: Socialization
10. Anthony Lombardo*: Online Interactions among Men Who Have Sex with Men: Situated Performances and Sexual Education
11. Nancy Beauregard, Andrée Demers, and Louis Gliksman*: The Ecology of Drinking: Revisiting the Role of the Campus Environment on Students' Drinking Patterns
12. Nedim Karakayali: Duality and Diversity in the Lives of Immigrant Children: Rethinking the 'Problem of the Second Generation' in Light of Immigrant Autobiographies
13. Brenda L. Beagan*: 'Even If I Don't Know What I'm Doing I Can Make it Look Like I Know What I'm Doing': Becoming a Doctor in the 1990s
PART IV: Deviance
14. Michael C. Adorjan*: Emotions Contests and Reflexivity in the News: Examining Discourse on Youth Crime in Canada
15. Patrick F. Parnaby and Myra Leyden*: Dirty Harry and the Station Queens: A Mertonian Analysis of Police Deviance
16. Frances Shaver*: Legislative Approaches to Prostitution: A Critical Introduction
17. Dany Lacombe and Christie Barron: Moral Panic and the Nasty Girl
PART V: Families
18. Patrizia Albanese*: The More Things Change...The More We Need Child Care, On the Fortieth Anniversary of the Report on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women
19. Annette Tezli*: Keeping the Family Intact - The Lived Experience of Sheltered Homeless Families
20. Nancy S. Netting: Love and Arranged-Marriage in India Today: Negotiating Adulthood
21. Andrea Doucet*: Gender Equality and Gender Differences: Parenting, Habitus, and Embodiment (The 2008 Porter Lecture)
PART VI: Education
22. Maureen Baker*: The Rise of the 'Research University': Gendered Outcomes
23. Matthew Lange*: Education, Ethnonationalism, and Non-Violence in Quebec
24. Sinziana Chira*: From International Universities to Diverse Local Communities? International Students in Halifax and Beyond
25. Shaun Chen: Segregation versus Self-Determination: A Black and White Debate on Canada's First Africentric School
26. Reuben N. Roth*: 'Suck It Up Buttercup': A Culture of Acceptable Workplace Violence in Group Homes
27. Marjorie DeVault, Murali Venkatesh, and Frank Ridzi*: 'Let's Be Friends': Working within an Accountability Circuit
28. Tracey L. Adams*: Profession: A Useful Concept for Sociological Analysis?
29. Jean Wallace and Marisa Young*: Work Hard, Play Hard?: A Comparison of Male and Female Lawyers' Time in Paid and Unpaid Work and Participation in Leisure Activities
PART VIII: Aging and the Life Course
30. Zenaida Ravanera and Roderic Beaujot*: Childlessness and Socio-Economic Characteristics: What Does the Canadian 2006 General Social Survey Tell Us?
31. Laura M. Funk and Karen M. Kobayashi*: 'Choice' in Filial Care Work: Moving beyond a Dichotomy
32. Frank Trovato and Nirannanilathu Lalu*: From Divergence to Convergence: The Sex Differential in Life Expectancy in Canada, 1971-2000
PART IX: Health
33. Jeff Stepnisky*: Biocitizenship and Mental Health in a Canadian Context
34. Reza Nakhaie and Robert Arnold*: Love and Changes in Health
35. Carol Berenson*: Menstruation by Choice: The Framing of a Controversial Issue
36. Rebecca Scott*: Placentations
PART X: Inequality & Stratification
37. Pat Armstrong*: Pay Equity: Yesterday's Issue?
38. Jacqueline Kennelly*: Red Zones, Empty Alleys, and Giant TVs: Low-Income Youths' Spatial Account of Olympic Host Cities
39. Arlene Tigar McLaren and Sylvia Parusel*: Parents and Traffic Safety: Unequal Risk and Responsibilities to and from School
40. Carlo Fanelli and Justin Paulson*: Municipal Malaise: Neo-liberal Urbanism in Canada
PART XI: Sex & Gender
41. Sara O'Shaughnessy*: Gold Diggers and Moms: Representations of Women's Identities in Fort McMurray in Chatelaine
42. Wesley Crichlow*: Hyperheterosexualitzation, Masculinity, and HIV/AIDS Challenges
43. Jasmin Zine and Lisa Taylor*: Contested Imaginaries: Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back: Trasnational Feminist Reading Practices, Pedagogy and Ethical Concerns
44. Kathy Bischoping and Riley Olstead*: Spinsters and Suspects: Gender and Moral Citizenship in Poison Pen Mystery Novels
45. Kristin A. Hardy*: Fleshy Histories: Fatness, Sex/Gender, and the Medicalized Body in the Nineteenth Century
PART XII: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity
46. Jeffrey S. Denis*: Bridging Understandings: Anishinaabe and White Responses to the Residential School Apology and Prospects for Reconciliation
47. Vic Satzewich and William Shaffir*: The Informal Settlement Sector: Broadening the Lens to Understand Newcomer Integration In Hamilton
48. Cora J. Voyageur*: The New Relationship between Social Sciences and the Indigenous Peoples of Canada
49. Alan Simmons*: Changing Canadian Immigration and Visa Worker Programs: Implications for Nation Building and Social Cohesion
50. Monica Boyd and Emily Laxer*: Voting across Immigrant Generations
PART XIII: Globalization
51. Suzan Ilcan and Rob Aitken*: United Nations and Early Postwar Development: Assembling World Order
52. Claudio Colaguori and Carlos Torres*: Policing Terrorism in the Post 9/11 Era: Critical Challenges and Concerns
53. Harris Ali*: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Social Control
54. Nathan Young*: Does a Place Like This Still Matter? Remaking Economic Identity in Post-Resource Communities
PART XIV: States & Government
55. Kevin Walby and Michael Haan*: Counting, Caste and Confusion during Census Enumeration in Colonial India
56. Dominique Clément*: Canada's Rights Revolution: Social Movements and Social Change, 1937-1982
57. Robert Andersen and Josh Curtis*: The Economy and Public Opinion on Welfare Spending in Canada
58. Ivanka Knezevic*: Social Europe and Eastern Europe: Post-Socialist Scholars Grapple with New Models of Social Policy
PART XV: Environment
59. Sherrie Steiner*: 'How Can You Decide about Us without Us?': A Canadian Catastrophe in Copenhagen
60. Katja Neves*: The Production Modernity in Classic American Whale Hunting
61. Mark C.J. Stoddart and Laura MacDonald*: 'Keep It Wild, Keep It Local': Comparing News Media and the Internet as Sites for Environmental Movement Activism for Jumbo Pass, British Columbia
62. Wilhelm Peekhaus*: Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada: Paradoxes and Conflicts of a Closed System
63. Mark Vardy*: The Science and Politics of Polar Ice
64. Helga Kristin Hallgrimsdottir, Rachel Phillips, and Cecilia Benoit*: Fallen Women and Rescued Girls: Social Stigma and Media Narratives of the Sex Industry in Victoria, British Columbia, from 1980 to 2005
65. Michèle Ollivier, Wendy Robbins, Diane Beauregard, Jennifer Brayton, and Geneviève Sauvé*: Feminist Activists Online: A Study of the PAR-L Research Network
66. Linda Quirke*: 'Keeping Young Minds Sharp': Children's Cognitive Stimulation and the Rise of Parenting Magazines, 1959-2003
67. Rima Wilkes, Catherine Corrigall-Brown, and Daniel J. Myers*: Packaging Protest: Media Coverage of Indigenous People's Collective Action
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Lorne Tepperman is one of Canada's leading sociologists, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, and the former president of the Canadian Sociological Association. He has edited a number of texts for OUP Canada, including successful titles such as Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, and Starting Points: A Sociological Journey as well as acting as editor for OUP Canada's sociology series, which explores key themes in the discipline.

Angela Kalyta is a graduate student from the University of Toronto. A long-time student and colleague of Lorne Tepperman, her research interests lie in critical economics. Angela plans to pursue a PhD, studying creative economic non-market action in the unique context of post-industrial nations.

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Sociology - Lorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese and the late James Curtis
Introducing Sociology - Murray Knuttila
Starting Points - Lorne Tepperman
Elements of Sociology - John Steckley and Guy Kirby Letts
Principles of Sociology - Lorne Tepperman and The late James Curtis
Elements of Sociology - John Steckley and Guy Kirby Letts
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Writing in the Social Sciences - Jake Muller

Special Features

  • 100% Canadian. Featuring selections exclusively by Canadian sociologists, including edited papers from the 2010 CSA conference and recent articles from the Canadian Review of Sociology, this reader provides an accurate account of the current state of sociology in Canada.
  • Up-to-Date. Showcasing the most current research from both emerging and seasoned sociologists across Canada, this second edition exposes students to cutting-edge ideas and trends in the discipline.
  • Concise. A wealth of edited selections offers students a wide-ranging overview of recent sociological research in Canada.
  • Accessible introductions. Each part opens with an engaging introduction that offers context for understanding the essays that follow.
  • Supports innovation in Canadian sociology. Authorized and endorsed by the Canadian Sociological Association, OUP Canada donates the royalties from sales of this text to the CSA to further Canadian sociological research.
New to this Edition
  • Media section. With readings that explore the intersection of media and society, this reader ensures students are exposed to this popular topic in contemporary sociology.
  • Wide range of new readings. The majority of selections are brand new to this edition; many of them are concise versions of papers presented at the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences or recent articles from the Canadian Review of Sociology.
  • Cross-reference guide. Indicates the selections that explore multiple sociological themes, helping students understand the multi-faceted nature of the discipline.