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Principles of Sociology

Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition

Edited by Lorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese and The late James Curtis

Written by an impressive team of Canadian sociologists, Principles of Sociology introduces students to the key concepts and theories of the discipline. In addition to explaining the fundamental principles of sociology, the text explores how these principles may be used to yield new and surprising insights into Canadian society and Canada's place in the world.

Readership : Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, third edition, is targeted at half-year introduction to sociology courses. These courses are typically offered at the first-year level out of sociology departments at universities and colleges across Canada.

* Fully rewritten chapter for this edition
Introduction: Why Not Become a Sociologist? NEW, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
A Definition of Sociology
How Sociology Differs from Other Academic Fields
Part One: Theory and Methodology
1. Sociological Theory and Research Methods *, Bruce Arai and Anthony Thomson
Introduction: Why Theory and Methods?
The Birth of Sociology in the Age of Revolution
Émile Durkheim
Karl Marx
Max Weber
Symbolic Interactionism
Conflict Theory
Feminist Sociology
Theory and Research
Research Techniques
Part Two: Major Social Processes
2. Culture and Culture Change, Shyon Baumann
Introduction: Why Study Culture?
What Is Culture?
The Role of Culture in Social Theory
Cultural Realms
Cultural Dynamics
Canadian Culture
3. Being Social, Barbara A. Mitchell
Introduction: What Is Socialization?
Human Behaviour - Nature or Nurture?
Theorizing Socialization
The Family
The Peer Group
Mass Media
The Life Course, Aging, and Socialization
Socialization Processes: Pawns, Puppets, or Free Agents?
4. Social Organization, Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir, and Lorne Tepperman
A Functionalist View of Statuses and Roles
Symbolic Interactionism: Roles, Self, Identity
Sets of People, Differently Organized
How Bureaucracies Actually Work
5. Deviance, Vincent F. Sacco and Alicia D. Horton
What Is Deviance?
Deviance as a Sociological Concept
Researching Deviance
The Sociology of Deviant Behaviour
Making Sense of the "Facts" of Deviant Behaviour
The Sociology of Deviant Categories
Deviance and Postmodernism
Part Three: Types of Social Inequality
6. Class, Status, and Social Inequality * Ann D. Duffy and Sara J. Cumming
Class and Status Inequalities in Sociological Thought
Understanding Poverty
Policies to Address Poverty
Conclusion: Social and Economic Inequalities - Future Trends
7. Gender and Sexuality *, Janet Siltanen, Andrea Doucet, and Patrizia Albanese
Introduction: Gender, Sexuality, and You
Gender and Sexuality as Critical Vantage Points
Living Gendered Lives
Conclusion: On to the Future . . . Gender Relations and Social Change
8. Ethnic and Race Relations, Nikolaos I. Liodakis
Defining Ethnicity and Race
Building a Nation or Two: Canada's Development through Immigration
The New Mosaic: Recent Canadian Immigration Trends
Multiculturalism and Its Critics
Prejudice and Racism
Culturalism and Political Economy: Explaining Socio-economic Inequalities
From the Vertical to the Colour-Coded Mosaic
Differentials within Ethnic and Racialized Groups: The Roles of Class, Gender, and Place of Birth
Conclusion: The Future of Race and Ethnicity
Part Four: Social Institutions
9. Families and Personal Life, Maureen Baker
Family Variations
Explaining Family Patterns and Practices
Recent Issues in Canadian Families
10. Education, Terry Wotherspoon
The Changing Face of Education
Alternative Accounts of Educational Growth and Development
Educational Participants
Educational Policy, Politics, and Ideologies
Education, Work, and Families
Educational Opportunities and Inequalities
11. Work and the Economy, Pamela Sugiman
World Economic Systems
The Global Economy
The Capitalist Economy: Where People Work
The Social Organization of Work Today
The Changing Face of Labour: Diversity Among Workers
Workers' Coping and Resistance: The Struggle for Dignity and Rights
Conclusion: Work in the Future, Our Future as Workers
12. Health Issues, Juanne Clarke
Theoretical Perspectives
The Sociology of Health, Illness, Disease, and Sickness
Sociology of Medicine
13. Religion in Canada, Lori G. Beaman
Religion in Profile
Definitions of Religion
New Religious Movements
Theories of Religion and Society
The Quiet Revolution
Religion and Law
Religion and Gender
14. Politics and Social Movements *, Randle Hart, Howard Ramos, Karen Stanbridge, John Veugelers
The State
Cultural and Social Processes
Institutional Processes
What Is a Social Movement?
Theoretical Approaches
The Analysis of Social Movements
Part Five: Canadian Society and the Global Context
15. Globalization and Social Change *, Liam Swiss
Convergence vs Divergence
Sociological Approaches to Globalization
Global Flows
Conclusion: Convergence, Divergence, and Social Change
16. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment *, Cheryl Teelucksingh
Demographic Indicators
Development of Canadian Cities
Cities and Perspectives on the Environment
17. Mass Media and Communication, David Young
Sociological Theories of the Media
Political Economy of the Media
Cultural Studies of the Media
The Internet: Extending Political Economy and Cultural Studies
Note: Each chapter includes:
- Conclusion
- Questions for Critical Thought
- Recommended Readings
- Recommended Websites

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
Detailed lecture outline
5 discussion or debate questions with answers
3 suggested assignments or class activities
List of annotated useful resources
List of relevant films, documentaries, podcasts, and YouTube clips
PowerPoint slides:
For each chapter:
25-30 slides
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
25-30 multiple choice questions
25-30 true-or-false questions
25-30 short answer questions
4-8 essay questions
Answer key and page references for all questions
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
Chapter summary
4-8 multiple choice questions
4-8 true-or-false questions
4-8 fill in the blank questions
4-8 short answer questions
2-3 annotated further readings or websites
Image Bank:
All photos, figures, and tables from the text
Streaming Videos
E-Book (ISBN 9780199000951)

Lorne Tepperman is professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Lorne is one of Canada's leading sociologists and the former president of the Canadian Sociological Association. He has authored and edited several sociology texts for OUP Canada, including Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, first and second editions, Principles of Sociology, first and second editions, Deviance, Crime, and Control, first and second editions, Social Problems, which is in its third edition, and the recently published Starting Points: A Sociological Journey. He is currently researching gambling addiction.

Patrizia Albanese is associate professor of sociology at Ryerson University. She is the co-director of the Centre for Children, Youth, and Families at Ryerson and president of the Canadian Sociological Association. Patrizia has authored and edited several texts for OUP Canada, including Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, Canadian edition; Child Poverty in Canada; Children in Canada Today; Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, second and third editions; and Making Sense in the Social Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, fourth edition. She is currently researching children & childhood; social/family policies; youth; and families.

The late James Curtis taught in the departments of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo.

Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Reading Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Angela Kalyta
Questioning Sociology - Edited by Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich
Starting Points - Lorne Tepperman
Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Elements of Sociology - John Steckley
Thinking about Sociology - Karen L. Anderson
Introducing Sociology - Murray Knuttila and Andre Magnan
Writing in the Social Sciences - Jake Muller

Special Features

  • Original chapters contributed by 27 of Canada's top sociologists expose students to the best sociological thought and research this country has to offer.
  • Integrates Canadian and international perspectives, helping students develop an understanding of sociological issues both at home and around the world.
  • A concise introduction to the discipline, this brief version of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective (http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780195443806.html) exposes students to the essential theories and concepts of the field.
  • Surveys all of the major theories - structural functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist, and feminist theories - offering students a balanced approach to the discipline.
  • A fresh, contemporary design, featuring a wealth of figures, tables, and photos throughout reflects the vibrancy and excitement of sociology today.
  • Five different boxes found throughout the text highlight compelling issues and stories that are at the heart of sociological inquiry.
  • - Under the Wire boxes explore the links between new media, technology, and social behaviours. NEW
  • - Sociology in Action boxes show how sociological research can help us better understand the everyday world.
  • - Open for Discussion boxes focus on understanding core concepts through contemporary social issues and debates.
  • - Global Issues boxes highlight the various opinions and discussions held by sociologists on matters of global importance.
  • - Human Diversity boxes show students how issues of human diversity impact life at local, national, and global levels.
New to this Edition
  • New introductory chapter - Why Not Become a Sociologist? - covers the origins, developments, and importance of sociology.
  • New contributors, new coverage. The following chapters have been entirely rewritten for this edition:
  • - Sociological Theory and Research Methods by Tony Thomson joining Bruce Arai
  • - Being Social by Barbara A. Mitchell
  • - Class, Status, and Social Inequality by Ann Duffy and Sara J. Cummings
  • - Gender and Sexuality by Janet Siltanen and Andrea Doucet joining Patrizia Albanese
  • - Politics and Social Movements by Howard Ramos and Karen Stanbridge joining Randle Hart and John Veugelers
  • - Globalization and Social Change by Liam Swiss
  • - Population, Urbanization, and the Environment by Cheryl Teelucksingh
  • Expanded cross-chapter references identify recurring topics and theories and enables students to trace key themes of sociological inquiry through different chapters.