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Social Inequality in Canada

Dimensions of Disadvantage, Sixth Edition

Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz and Monica Hwang

Bringing together twenty-five articles written by experts, Social Inequality in Canada explores the many dimensions of social disadvantage and injustice that exist in this country today. Beginning with a thorough examination of structural inequality issues before moving on to address the wide-ranging impact that social inequality can have, the text presents students with a comprehensive overview of both the persistent patterns of inequality as well as the progress that has been made.

Readership : Social Inequality in Canada is a core text for social inequality and stratification courses offered out of sociology and social work departments at universities primarily at the second- and third-year levels.


  • "For a book of its kind, it is the strongest textbook on social inequality in the country."
    --Norine Verberg, St. Francis Xavier University

  • "Well organized. Covers all the major tangents of the subject."
    --Lina Samuel, McMaster University

General Introduction
Social Inequality: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues, Edward Grabb
Part One: Power and Class
1. Ownership Concentration, Transnational Connections, and State Involvement in the Canadian Economy, Edward Grabb and Monica Hwang
2. The Changing Face(s) of Corporate Power in Canada (NEW), William K. Carroll
3. Class Formation in Canada, Jim Conley
Part Two: Socio-economic Bases of Social Inequality
A. Income, Wealth, and Poverty
4. Poverty and Income Inequality in Canada, Peter Urmetzer
5. The Distribution of Wealth and Economic Inequality, James B. Davies
B. Occupation
6. Labour Markets, Inequality, and the Future of Work, Wolfgang Lehmann and Tracey L. Adams
7. Choose Your Parents Carefully: Social Class, Post-Secondary Education, and Occupational Outcomes, Harvey Krahn
C. Education
8. Educational Attainment among Canadians: Open and Competitive or Closed and Sponsored?, Nicole Malette and Neil Guppy
9. Changing Times, Stubborn Inequalities: Explaining Socioeconomic Stratification in Canadian Schooling, Scott Davies, Vicky Maldonado, and Darren Cyr
Part Three: Social Justice and Inequality
A. Ethnicity, Race, Language, and Ancestry
10. First Nations, Inequality, and the Legacy of Colonialism, Charles R. Menzies and Monica Hwang
11. French Canada and Inequality: Quebec's Quiet Revolution, 50 Years Later (NEW), Pierre Fortin
12. Immigration Trends and Integration Issues: More Than a Century of Change, Monica Boyd and Michael Vickers
13. Racial Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Policy Issues in Canada, Jeffrey G. Reitz and Rupa Banerjee
B. Gender and Sexual Orientation
14. Theorizing Gender Inequality (NEW), Tracey L. Adams and Michael Rooyakkers
15. Reproducing the Gender Gap: Work, Inequality, and Neoliberalism, Brenda Beagan and Gillian Creese
16. Gender Inequality in the Family Setting (NEW), Roderic Beaujot, Jianye Liu, and Zenaida Ravanera
17. Sexual Orientation and Social Inequality (NEW), Lorne Tepperman and Josh Curtis
C. Age
18. Age and Social Inequality, Neil Guppy
D. Dis/ability
19. Disability and Social Inequality in Canada (NEW), Kim Shuey, Andrea Willson, and Katherine Bouchard
E. Region
20. Regional Inequality in Canada: An Enduring Issue?, Mabel Ho and Catherine Corrigall-Brown
Part Four: Some Consequences of Social Inequality
21. Social Inequality and Health, Gerry Veenstra
22. The Homeless: Canada's Truly Disadvantaged, Tracy Peressini
23. What Do Canadians Think About Individualism and Inequality? The Effects of Social Status, Monica Hwang and Edward Grabb
24. Economic Inequality and Acceptance of Minority Groups in Cross-National Perspective: Is Canada Uniquely Tolerant?, Robert Andersen
25. Why Do Skilled Immigrants Struggle in the Labour Market? A Field Experiment with Thirteen Thousand Resumes (NEW), Philip Oreopoulos

Test Bank:
For each chapter:
- 25-30 multiple choice questions
- 15-20 true-or-false questions
- 5-10 short answer questions
- 5-10 long answer questions
- 3-5 in-class discussion questions
- 10-15 essay questions
Image Bank:
- Includes all tables and figures from the text

Edward Grabb is a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Western University. His areas of interest include Canadian and American society, social inequality and stratification, political sociology, race and ethnic relations, methodology and statistics. During his distinguished career, his articles appeared in such journals as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the Canadian Journal of Sociology. Edward Grabb is also the co-author (with James Curtis) of Regions Apart: The Four Societies of Canada and The United States, also published by OUP Canada.

Jeffrey Reitz is the director of ethnic, immigration, and pluralism studies at the Munk School of Affairs and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research examines the social, economic and political experiences of immigrant and ethnic populations, and he has a number of projects underway in Canada. His current comparative research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France and Canada, based on extensive quantitative data and new qualitative interviews.

Monica Hwang is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. She earned her BA (Hons) in sociology and French from Western University and received the university's Gold Medal at convocation. After completing her MA at Western, she pursued a PhD in sociology at the University of British Columbia, which she completed in 2013. While in graduate school, she published two book chapters and four articles, which have appeared in Canadian Ethnic Studies, the American Review of Canadian Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. She was named UBC's outstanding PhD graduate of 2014-2015.

The Stacked Deck - Jennifer Ball and Lorne Tepperman
Inequality Matters - Augie Fleras
Understanding Social Inequality - Julie McMullin and Josh Curtis
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Inequality in Canada - Edited by Valerie Zawilski

Special Features

  • Contributed by experts in the field, this text is written and edited by Canadian scholars to give students a relevant introduction to social inequality.
  • Expansive breadth of coverage of the structural conditions of social inequality as well as the impact of inequality on people's experiences, outlooks, and behaviours gives students an immersive cross-section of the field.
  • Trusted classroom-tested introduction to social inequality reflects the needs of today's students and instructors.
New to this Edition
  • Seven new chapters cover gender, sexual orientation, disability, French Canada, immigration, and more, to give students a current and comprehensive overview of key topics.
  • More qualitative research - including discussions on corporate power, business activism, masculinities/femininities, gendered organizations, homophobia, LGBTQ identity, labour, and homelessness - helps students build connections between theory and real-world examples.
  • Two new editors bring their expertise to this volume to ensure students are learning from the most recent research.
  • Streamlined coverage for improved accessibility makes this text better suited for one-semester courses.