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239 photos; 46 tables; 7 figures; 1 map, 8.5" x 11"



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Foundations of Sociology

John Steckley

This vibrant, engaging introduction to society and social life promises to be the book sociology students will want to read. Through his inimitable narrative style, author John Steckley explores the theories, structures, and relationships that make up our social world while encouraging students to think critically about their role in society. Cutting-edge and comprehensive, Foundations of Sociology lays the groundwork students need to succeed in introductory sociology courses and beyond.

Readership : Foundations of Sociology is aimed at two-semester and comprehensive single-semester introduction to sociology courses offered out of sociology departments at the first-year university level.


  • "This book is written in accessible language, making it ideal for first-year students. Foundations of Sociology will do a great job of both challenging and engaging my students."
    --Dana Cudney, Laurentian University

  • "Foundations of Sociology is extremely student-friendly. . . . There are lots of graphs, photos, figures, and cartoons, all of which make the book very visually pleasing."
    --Christopher J. Fries, University of Manitoba

Brief Contents
Detailed Contents
List of Tables, Figures, and Boxed Features
Introducing... Foundations of Sociology
A Word or Two from the Author
Part One: Foundations of Sociology
1. Introduction to Sociology
2. How Sociology Works: Theories and Approaches
3. Social Research Methods
Part Two: Social Life
4. Culture
5. Socialization
6. Social Roles, Interaction, and Organization
7. Consumption
8. Deviance
Part Three: Social Difference
9. Social Inequality
10. "Race" and Ethnicity
11. Gender and Sexuality
12. Disability
13. Aging and the Life Course
Part Four: Social Institutions
14. Family
15. Religion
16. Education
17. Work
18. Health and Medicine
19. Mass Media
Part Five: Global Perspectives
20. Globalization
21. The Environment
22. Social Change and the Future

Instructor's Manual
- Lecture outlines
- Suggested assignments
- Ideas for class discussion and debate
- Links to relevant videos and online resources
PowerPoint Slides
- Summaries and key points for each chapter
Test Generator
For each chapter:
- True-or-false questions
- Multiple choice questions
- Short answer questions
Student Study Guide
- Chapter summaries
- Study questions
- Self-grading quizzes
- Explore-and-discuss exercises
Streaming Video Collection
- Provide case studies, documentary footage, and feature-length films that complement themes and issues discussed in the book
Video Viewing Guide
- Summary of each video
- Discussion questions
- Assignment topics
E-Book (ISBN 9780199000708)

John Steckley, professor of sociology and anthropology for more than 20 years at Humber College, is the author of more than a dozen books and 200 articles in scholarly journals. A specialist in Aboriginal languages, culture, and history (and reportedly the last known speaker of the Wyandot [or Huron] language), he has worked as a consultant on CBC's Canada: A People's History. Aside from three highly successful editions of Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Perspective (2007, 2010, 2013), he is also the author of Introduction to Physical Anthropology (2011).

Elements of Sociology - John Steckley
Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Principles of Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese and The late James Curtis
Starting Points - Lorne Tepperman
Thinking about Sociology - Karen L. Anderson
Introducing Sociology - Murray Knuttila and Andre Magnan
Questioning Sociology - Edited by Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Canadian focus showcases work by Canadian sociologists and features examples that are relevant to students in this country.
  • Gives voice to underrepresented ethnic, racial, religious, and gender groups to provide students with a rich, inclusive sociological profile of Canada's diverse society.
  • Comprehensive coverage offers students a solid foundation in the traditional areas of sociological inquiry while encouraging them to think about the future of the discipline.
  • Chapters devoted to cutting-edge research areas, such as consumption and consumerism, mass media, disability, globalization, and the environment, take students beyond the traditional scope of sociological inquiry.
  • Powerful first-person narratives - personal accounts of experiences such as fasting during Ramadan and coming out to your family-ground key concepts in everyday life.
  • Unmatched coverage of Canada's First Nations - explores issues that have affected and continue to affect Canada's Aboriginal peoples, such as two-spirit persons, residential schools, Idle No More, and Attawapiskat.
  • Thought-provoking discussion questions challenge readers to think critically and take a stand on issues such as peep culture, pot use, hoarders, and online education.
  • An engaging box program features attention-grabbing content that invites students to think about sociological ideas from many angles.
  • For Starters chapter-opening vignettes use relevant and, at times, provocative narratives to draw students into the themes of the chapter.
  • What do YOU Think? boxes present critical-thinking questions to encourage reflection on key concepts as they are presented.
  • The Point Is... boxes present case studies and highlight important contributions to and insight on sociological research, past and present.
  • Our Stories boxes examine the events and research that are especially relevant to the practice and study of sociology in Canada.
  • Telling It Like It Is boxes feature first-person narratives that give voice to a variety of perspectives informed by a variety of social factors-age, sex, gender, class, ethnicity, and more.
  • Going Global boxes shed light on international issues of interest to sociologists and students in Canada and around the world.
  • Quick Hits sidebars supplement the author's narrative with relevant examples and data.