Edited by Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich
Now exploring twenty-four critical questions through chapters written by Canada's top sociologists, the third edition of Questioning Sociology draws students into contemporary sociological debates. With new contributions from experts on important Canadian issues - including global inequality,
health, and communication - this latest edition is essential reading for students entering the field.
Note: Each chapter includes:
- Review/summary questions
Introduction: Sociological Questions, George Pavlich and Myra J. Hird
Part One: Subjections
1. Am I Free?, George Pavlich
Liberal Images of Freedom
An Alternative View of Individual Freedom
Conclusion: Am I Free?
2. Who Am I? Who Can I Become?, Dawn H. Currie and Deirdre M. Kelly
Policing Conventional Girlhood
Being "Who You Are": Challenging Convention
"Playing with Gender" Online: The
Limits of Individual Resistance
3. Why Be Queer?, Barry D. Adam
Disciplining Gender and Affection
Conclusion: Queer = Freedom
4. How Do We Think About Mental Illness?, Erin Dej
How Do We "Know" Mental
Deinstitutionalization: Ideas and Reality
The Development of the Mad Movement
5. Does "the Family" Exist?, Catherine Krull
Situating the "Traditional" Family
Legacy of Privileging the Nuclear Family
Canada's Family Diversity
Conclusion: Families Exist and
They Still Matter
Part Two: Social Questions
6. Is Social Welfare Viable?, Lois Harder
Defining Social Welfare
The Keynesian Welfare State
The Crisis of the Welfare State
After the Welfare State
The New Social Welfare
7. What Are Social Determinants
of Health?, Elaine M. Power
Situating the Social Determinants of Health
How the Social Determinants of Health Get under Our Skin
A Life Course Approach to the Social Determinants of Health
Conclusion: What to do?
8. How Do Immigrants Integrate?, Lori
Some Important Demographics of Immigration in Canada
What Do Immigrants Do in Canada?
9. What Are the Challenges of Economic Transition? Exploring the Consequences of Regional Dynamics and Global Shifts, Jennifer Jarman
Unemployment and Underemployment in
Out-Migration and Atlantic Communities
Will a "New Economy" Keep Young People in the Region?
Service Sector Employment versus Work in Traditional Industries
The Call Centre Industry in Atlantic Canada
10. What Is Communication?, Sandra Robinson
Models of Communication
Doing Communication Studies
11. How Does Media Transform Society?, Daniel Downes
The Context of Mass Communication
Approaches to Media Study
What Happened to the Old Media?
Characteristics of New
Mobility and the Third Screen
Concerns and Criticisms about New Media
12. Should Policing Be Privatized?, Curtis Clarke
Policing: A Brief Explanation
The Shifting Landscape of Policing
A Question of Public Good
A Reconfigured Connection between State
13. What Do Official Statistics Tell Us about Ourselves?, Nob Doran
Everyday Knowledge versus Official Statistics: Learning from Ethnomethodology
Everyday Power Relations within "Official Statistics": Learning from Feminist Scholarship
14. Who Governs
Canada?, Dawn Moore
Introduction: What Is Governance?
What Are the Different Ways We Can Think about Governance?
Who Has the Right to Govern?
How Do We Control the Right to Govern?
What If You Don't Want to Be Governed in a Specific Way?
Part Three: Critical
15. How Do We Help the Environment?, Myra J. Hird (NEW)
What Is an Environmental Issue?
Whose Knowledge Gets to Define Environmental Issues?
How Are Environmental Issues Governed?
Is Sustainability Good for the Environment?
Is Sovereignty for Indigenous People?, Vanessa Watts (NEW)
Social Implications and the Kainere'ko:wa
Social Theory and Indigenous Sovereignties
Sovereignty: From Turtle Island to Geneva
17. What Is Sovereignty in Quebec?, Philippe Couton
What Is a Nation?
Evolution toward Independence?
Is Nationalism an Ideology?
Sovereignty to Post-Sovereignty
18. Is There Justice for Young People?, Bryan Hogeveen
What Is Justice?
Justice and the Poor?
Justice and Indigenous Youth?
Voices of Youth?
19. Women and Prison: Who and Why?, Kelly Hannah-Moffat
Number and Characteristics of Women in Canadian Prisons
Pathways into Crime and Prison
20. How Is Aging a Critical Sociological Problem?, Stephen Katz
The Aging Population and the Problem of Apocalyptic Demography
The Life Course and the Problem of the Aging Body
Generation and the Problem of the Commercialization of "Boomers"
Gendered Aging and the Problem of the Gendered Life Course
Conclusions and Future
21. What Is Global Inequality?, Amy Kaler (NEW)
Introduction: "Everybody's different"
Why Does Inequity Exist?
Global Inequalities and Inequities
Changing Global Inequalities
22. What Use Is Social Theory?, R.A. Sydie
What Is Social Theory?
What Do Theorists Do?
Postmodern Social Theory?
And So, What Is the Use of Social Theory?
23. What Questions Has Sociology Deserted?, Lorne Tepperman (with the assistance of Zoe
Some Deserted Topics
The Resurgence of Some Deserted Topics
24. What Does the Future Hold for Canadian Sociology?, George Pavlich (NEW)
I: Sociology's Fascination with the Future
II: Imagining a Coming Crisis: Administrative Sociology
and Critical Encounters
III: Imagining Sociology's Futures Today
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Myra J. Hird is a Queen's National Scholar and full professor at Queen's University and the Director of the genera Research Group. Her research involves the exploration of both science and technology as they relate to debates about the constitution of "nature" and "culture," the ontology of
sexual difference, and sexuality. Myra has written several books, including Sociology for the Asking: An Introduction to Sociology for New Zealand (OUP Australia: 2003), Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives (OUP 2007 & 2012), and Sociology of Science: A Critical Canadian Introduction (OUP:
George Pavlich is a professor of law and sociology at the University of Alberta, currently serving as the Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture and Law. His research interests include the areas of social theory, socio-legal studies, sociology of law and culture, theories
of governance and sovereignty, criminal accusation, restorative justice, the legal person and the politics of law, and critical criminology. He is the author of numerous journal articles and several books including Sociology for the Asking: An Introduction to Sociology for New Zealand (OUP
Australia: 2003), Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives (OUP: 2007 & 2012), and Law and Society Redefined (OUP: 2011).
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