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Reading Sociology

Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition

Edited by Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander

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 65 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.

Readership : Reading Sociology, 3e, is a reader intended for introductory sociology courses offered primarily out of sociology departments at universities and colleges at the first-year level.

Making Connections
Part One: What Is Sociology? Theory and Methods
1. Macro Sociology: Its Evolution and Relevance to Canada, Harry H. Hiller
2. "Breaking with Inside Experience": Dilemmas in Negotiating Practical Knowledge and Scholarly Knowledge in Research with Young People, Jacqueline Kennelly, Valerie Stam, and Lynette Schick
3. Reimagining the Sociological Imagination: Including the Brain, Environment and Culture, Ralph Matthews
4. What Can a Theorist Do?, Christopher Powell
5. The Debate About Accident Proneness, Lorne Tepperman and Nicole Meredith
6. French Language Sociology in Quebec, Jean-Philippe Warren
Part Two: Culture and Culture Change
7. Can Pierre Bourdieu Give Us the Blues?, Bruce Curtis
8. The Social Lives of Statues, Tonya K. Davidson
9. Starting With a Squish: An Institutional Ethnography of Canada's Art World, Janna Klostermann
10. The Art and Artist behind Your Tattoo: A Case Study of Two Tattoo Artists, Chris William Martin
Part Three: Socialization
11. Children's Literature and Racism in Canada, Xiaobei Chen
12. Sociology and the Human-Animal Bond, Colleen Anne Dell
13. Revisiting the "Do Men Mother?" Question: Temporality, Performativity, Diffractive Readings, and Cat's Cradles, Andrea Doucet
14. The Summer Reading Blues: Children's Accounts of Summer Literacy Practices, Cathlene Hillier and Janice Aurini
Part Four: Deviance and Crime
15. Intimacy, Geography, and Justice, Myrna Dawson
16. Modern Superstition and Moderate Risk and Problem Slot Machine Gamblers, Tara Hahmann
17. Cyber-Psychopathy: An Expression of Dark E-Personality, Andrew D. Nevin
18. Critical Sociology and Criminal Accusation, George Pavlich
19. Spaces, Places, and States of Mind: A Study of Two Homeless Communities, Eric P. Weissman
Part Five: Social Inequality
20. Working for Care; Caring for Work, Pat Armstrong
21. The Living Wage Movement in Canada: Resisting the Low-Wage Economy, Bryan Evans and Carlo Fanelli
22. Freedom as an Ethical Principle for Sociology, Carmen Grillo
23. Inequality, Demographics, and the New World Order, Susan McDaniel
Part Six: Gender and Sexuality
24. Sexual Fields, Adam Green
25. First But Not a Founder: Annie Marion MacLean and the History and Institutionalization of Canadian Sociology, Mervyn Horgan and Saara Liinamaa
26. Intimacies and Commodification in Human Milk Exchange: Transforming Families and Kinship, Robyn Lee
27. Committing Sociology: The Challenges Facing Activist Scholarship, Meg Luxton
Part Seven: Race and Ethnic Relations
28. Decolonizing Canada, Reconciling with Indigenous Peoples: How Settler "Allies" Conceive of Their Roles and Goals, Jeff Denis and Kerry Bailey
29. Synthesizing the Canadian Colonial State Field with Contemporary Organizational Network Perspectives, Adam Howe
30. How Does Sociology Help Us to Understand and Combat Racism in Canada?, Lori Wilkinson
31. Us, Them, and Others: Canadian Multiculturalism and a Sociology of Pluralist Group Formation, Elke Winter
Part Eight: Youth and Families
32. "I knew what I was getting into": A Study of Youth Labour in the Context of a Canadian Tree-Planting Camp, Fabrizio Antonelli and Taylor Mooney
33. How Do Majority and Minority Canadian Youth See Themselves Participating in Public Life?, L. Alison Molina-Girón
34. Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Aging Canadian Families, Karen M. Kobayashi and Mushira M. Khan
35. Helping and Receiving Help From Neighbours: A Look at the Canadian and the Foreign-Born, Fernando Mata
36. The "Quiet" Deconstruction: The Progressive Dismantling of Québec's Early Childhood Education and Care System, Sofie Mathieu
Part Nine: Education
37. Life at Armyville High School: A Glimpse into How Adolescents Experienced the Afghanistan Missions, Deborah Harrison and Patrizia Albanese
38. The African Brain Drain and the Social Impact of Family Separation, Toju Maria Boyo
39. The Creative Sociologist: Drivers of Innovative Strategies to Meet the Needs of the New Inorganic Global Economy, J. S. Frideres
40. Aboriginal Education in Canada: Opportunities and Barriers, Terry Wotherspoon
Part Ten: Work and the Economy
41. Race and the Labour Market Integration of Second-Generation Young Adults, Monica Boyd
42. Productivity and Prosperity: A Study in the Sociology of Ideas, Karen Foster
43. Underemployment in Advanced Capitalism: Patterns and Prospects, D.W. Livingstone
44. Unemployment Experience of Women in Toronto and Halifax, Leslie Nichols
45. Transitioning into Adulthood: Disability, Barriers, and Accessibility, Cornelia Schneider
Part Eleven: Health and Care
46. The Converging Gender Trends in Earning and Caring in Canada, Roderic Beaujot, Jianye Liu, and Zenaida Ravanera
47. Health Declines in Old Age, or Does It?, Neena L. Chappell and Margaret J. Penning
48. Deceased Organ Donation and the Other Site of Politics, Lindsey McKay
Part Twelve: Religion
49. Are Islam and Democracy Compatible?, Robert Brym, Robert Andersen, and Scott Milligan
50. "Building the New Jerusalem in Canada's green and pleasant land": The Social Gospel and the Roots of English-Language Academic Sociology in Canada, 1889-1921, Rick Helmes-Hayes
51. Keeping Up With the Martins: Prescribed Change, Homogeneity, and Cultural Continuity Among the Old Order Mennonites, Steven Kleinknecht
52. The Status of Muslim Minorities during the War on Terror, Jeffrey G. Reitz
Part Thirteen: Politics
53. Why Sociologists Should Care about Public Policy, Daniel Béland
54. The Sociology of Human Rights, Dominique Clément
55. Making Us Ignorant: Canadian Science Policy under a Neo-Conservative Regime, Margrit Eichler
56. Liberty Aspiration and Political Behaviours, Reza Nakhaie
Part Fourteen: Social Movements
57. Critical Intervention: Black Women (Re)defining Feminist Resistance, Activism and Empowerment in Feminist Organizing within Ontario, Jacqueline Benn-John
58. Factors Leading to Political Violence: Taxi Driving in Montreal, Jean-Philippe Warren
59. Fighting Back and Building Another World: Contention in the Twenty-First Century, Lesley J. Wood
Part Fifteen: International Relations and Government
60. The Ambivalency of Diplomacy, Mike Follert
61. Policy Networks, Policy Transfers, and Recommodification: Actors and Mechanisms of Labour Policy Formation in Post-Yugoslav Countries, Ivanka Knezevic
62. Political Engagement through Civic Transnationalism: Romanian Diasporas and the 2014 Presidential Elections, Laura Visan
63. Liberalizing Versus Tightening Citizenship Rules in Germany and Canada: A Question of Party Platforms and Politics?, Elke Winter and Anke Patzelt
Part Sixteen: Technology and Mass Media
64. The Missing "V" of Big Data: Surveillance and Vulnerability, David Lyon
65. Algorithmic Sociology: An Emerging Field, Jonathan Roberge and Thomas Crosbie
66. (Re)defining Climate Change as a Cultural Phenomenon, Mihai Sarbu
67. The Endangered Arctic, the Arctic as Resource Frontier: Canadian News Media Narratives of Climate Change and the North, Mark C.J. Stoddart and Jillian Smith

E-book ISBN 9780199020058

Patrizia Albanese is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. She is the author of Children in Canada Today (OUP Canada, 2009) and Child Poverty in Canada (OUP Canada, 2009), and a co-editor with Lorne Tepperman of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, 3e (OUP Canada, 2012). She is past president of the Canadian Sociological Association. She was also interim chair of Ryerson's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology (2011-2012), interim director of the PhD in Policy Studies (2013), and currently sits on Ryerson's Research Ethics Board.

Lorne Tepperman is a professor in the sociology department at the University of Toronto. He served as chair of the department from 1997 to 2003, and has won many teaching awards, including the Dean's Excellence Award, an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science, and an Oswald Hall Teaching Award given by the Department of Sociology. In 2003, Lorne received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociology Association. He is the author or editor of numerous books published by OUP, including Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, 3e (2014), Social Problems: A Canadian Perspective, 3e (2011), and Starting Points (2011).

Emily Alexander is an independent social researcher who specializes in issues related to higher education, everyday life, work, and technology. Her current research focuses on student disengagement behaviours in the university classroom in order to evaluate and offer a new perspective on existing measures of disengagement. Having graduated with a master's degree in sociology from the University of Western Ontario, Emily hopes to pursue doctoral studies so that she may continue to tackle social issues through research, teaching, and community involvement.

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

Special Features

  • Sociology from a Canadian perspective - this text is written by both emerging and well-known sociologists across Canada to give students an opportunity to see Canadian sociology in action.
  • Showcases cutting-edge research from the 2015 CSA conference, exposing students to current ideas and trends in the discipline.
  • Concise overview of the discipline in Canada via a wealth of edited selections that offer students a wide-ranging overview of recent sociological research.
  • Accessible introductions for each part engage students and offer 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
  • Entirely new table of contents brings students over 65 edited selections exploring 16 pertinent themes in sociological inquiry - including inequality, education, deviance, politics, and mass media.
  • Brand new cross-referencing guide helps instructors and students make conceptual connections between readings.