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464 pp.
19 figures; 28 tables; 122 photos; 2 maps, 8.5" x 10.875"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Principles of Sociology

Canadian Perspectives, Fourth Edition

Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Now in its fourth edition, Principles of Sociology remains the most concise yet comprehensive introduction to sociological theory and Canadian society. This text offers students an accessible approach to the core concepts and theories of sociology, and brings these principles to life with its discussions of cutting-edge research, historical developments, contemporary movements, and numerous Canadian and international examples.

Readership : Principles of Sociology, 4e, is a core text intended for introductory sociology courses offered at the first-year level out of sociology departments at universities and colleges.


  • "This is a very strong introductory text. The inclusion of up-to-date issues and examples helps keep lectures relevant and interesting in a quickly changing world. The fact that each chapter is written by an expert in that field gives this text a great advantage over many introductory sociology publications."
    --Timothy MacNeill, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

  • "[A] well rounded introductory textbook that presents material in a consistent and engaging manner. Up-to-date with contemporary issues, theory, and Canadian context."
    --Christopher Helland, Dalhousie University

Note: Each chapter concludes with:
- Conclusion
- Questions for critical thought
- Sociological Explorations activities
- Annotated recommended readings
- Annotated recommended websites
- Key terms (with definition)
Introduction: Why Not Become a Sociologist?, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Part I: Theory and Methods
1. Sociological Theory and Research Methods, Bruce Arai and Anthony Thomson
- Introduction: Why Theory and Methods?
- The Birth of Classical Sociology in the Age of Revolution
- Émile Durkheim
- Karl Marx
- Max Weber
- Post-WWII Sociology
- Microsociology
- Conflict Theory
- Feminist Sociology: Second and Third Waves
- Post-structuralism and Post-modernism
- Theory and Research
- Research Techniques
Part II: Major Social Processes
2. Culture and Cultural Change, Eric Weissman NEW
- Introduction
- A Definition of Culture
- Elements of Culture
- Theoretical Perspectives on Culture
- Culture Change and Globalization
3. Being Social, Barbara A. Mitchell
- Introduction: What Is Socialization?
- Human Behaviour - Nature or Nurture?
- Theorizing Socialization
- The Family
- The Peer Group
- Schools
- 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
- Introduction
- A Functionalist View of Statuses and Roles
- Symbolic Interactionism: Roles, Self, Identity
- Sets of People, Differently Organized
- Cliques
- Bureaucracies
- How Bureaucracies Actually Work
5. Deviance, Alicia D. Horton and Vincent F. Sacco
- Introduction
- 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 Post-modernism
Part III: Types of Social Inequality
6. Class and Status Inequality, Sara J. Cumming and Ann D. Duffy
- Introduction
- 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
- Thinking Sociologically about Gender and Sexuality
- Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life
- Conclusion: On to the Future...Gender Relations and Social Change
8. Ethnic and Race Relations, Nikolaos I. Liodakis
- Introduction
- A Brief History of Ethnicity and Race
- "Building the Nation": Canada's Development through Immigration
- The New Mosaic: Recent Canadian Immigration Trends
- Multiculturalism and Its Discontents
- Prejudice and Racism
- Culturalism and Political Economy: Explanations for Socio-economic Inequalities
- The Vertical Mosaic Then and the Colour-Coded Mosaic Today
- Economic Inequalities within Ethnic and Racialized Groups: The Role of Class, Gender, and Place of Birth
- Conclusion: The Future of Race and Ethnicity
Part IV: Social Institutions
9. Families and Health Issues, Juanne Clarke and Patrizia Albanese NEW
- Introduction
- Family Diversity as Norm
- Theoretical Perspectives
- Putting Theories into Practice: The Case of Paid and Unpaid Work, Family Health and Wellbeing
- The Sociology of Health, Illness, Disease, and Sickness
- Sociology of Medicine
- A Global Care Crisis? A Care Crisis in Canada?
10. Education, Terry Wotherspoon
- Introduction
- The Changing Face of Education
- Alternative Accounts of Educational Growth and Development
- Educational Participants
- Educational Policy, Politics, and Ideologies
- Education, Work, and Families
- Education and New Technologies
- Educational Opportunities and Inequalities
11. Work and the Economy, Pamela Sugiman
- Introduction
- World Economic Systems
- The Global Economy
- The Capitalist Economy: Where People Work
- Social Reproduction
- 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. Religion in Canada, Lori G. Beaman
- Introduction
- Religion in Profile
- Definitions of Religion
- New Religious Movements
- Theories of Religion and Society
- The Quiet Revolution
- Religion and Law
- Religion and Gender
13. Politics and Social Movements, Randle Hart, Howard Ramos, Karen Stanbridge, and John Veugelers
- Introduction
- Power
- The State
- Material Processes
- Cultural and Social Processes
- Institutional Processes
- Transnationalism
- What Is a Social Movement?
- Theoretical Approaches
- The Analysis of Social Movements
Part V: Canadian Society and the Global Context
14. Globalization and Social Change, Liam Swiss
- Introduction
- Sociological Approaches to Globalization
- Global Flows
- Conclusion: Convergence, Divergence, and Social Change?
15. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment, Cheryl Teelucksingh
- Introduction
- Demographic Indicators
- Development of Canadian Cities
- Sociological Perspectives on Cities
- Cities and Perspectives on the Environment
- Climate Change and Cities
16. Media and Technology, David Young and Anabel Quan-Haase
- Introduction
- Definitions and Perspectives
- Media and Society
- Technology and Society

Instructor's Manual:
NEW Sample syllabus
For each chapter:
- Sample lecture outline
- 5-10 discussion or debate questions with answers
- 5-10 suggested assignments or class activities
- 5-10 annotated teaching aids
- 10-15 annotated films, documentaries, podcasts, and YouTube clips
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
- 35 multiple choice questions
- 30 true-or-false questions
- 30 short answer questions
- 5 essay questions
- Answer key with page references
- Questions marked for degree of difficulty
PowerPoint slides:
For each chapter:
- 30-35 slides containing figures, tables, and photos from the text
Image Bank:
- All photos, figures, and tables from the text
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter
- Chapter summary
- 10 multiple choice questions
- 10 true-or-false questions
- 10 fill-in-the-blank questions
- 10 short answer questions
- 5 annotated further readings or websites
- Answer key for study questions with page references
- List of key terms
Video Viewing Guide:
- Summary of each video
- Discussion questions
- Assignment topics
- Suggestions for key clips to use in the classroom
Streaming Video Collection:
- Case studies, documentary footage, and feature-length films that complement themes and issues discussed in the book
- Available on the companion site and at www.oupcanada.com/SocVideos
E-book (9780199023745)

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 Sociological 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, 4e (2015), and Starting Points, 2e (2015).

Patrizia Albanese is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. She is the author of Children in Canada Today, 2e (OUP 2015) and Child Poverty in Canada (OUP 2009), and a co-editor with Lorne Tepperman of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, 3e (OUP 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.

Elements of Sociology - John Steckley
Imagining Sociology - Catherine Corrigall-Brown
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
Reading Sociology - Edited by Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander
Questioning Sociology - Edited by Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Writing in the Social Sciences - Jake Muller

Special Features

  • A concise introduction to the discipline, this brief version of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective exposes students to the essential theories and concepts of the field.
  • Original chapters contributed by 27 of Canada's top sociologists writing in their areas of expertise expose students to the best sociological thought and research this country has to offer.
  • Includes 2016 Census data - the only Introductory Sociology text on the market with this coverage.
  • Surveys all of the major theories - structural functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist, and feminist theories - offering students a balanced approach to the discipline.
  • Integrates Canadian and international examples helping students grasp sociological issues both at home and around the world.
  • Introduction - Why Not Become a Sociologist? - covers the origins, developments, and importance of sociology.
  • Student-friendly pedagogical features - including learning objectives, cross-chapter references, review questions, supplementary readings, website suggestions, and integrated Time to Reflect questions - provide students with the tools they need to help them succeed.
  • Six 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.
  • - 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.
  • - Researchers in Action boxes profile Canadian sociologists and highlight exciting sociological research undertaken in Canada.
  • Engaging streaming videos, including clips and feature-length films linked to the text, support lectures and stimulate classroom discussion.
  • A fresh, contemporary design features a wealth of figures, tables, and photos throughout, reflecting the vibrancy of sociology today.
New to this Edition
  • New contributors and coverage: the following chapters have been re-written for this edition:
  • - Culture and Cultural Change by new contributor Eric Weissman discusses core concepts and theoretical perspectives related to culture and cultural change. (Ch. 2)
  • - Families and Health Issues by Juanne Clarke and Patrizia Albanese explores family life and health issues while also considering how these matters intersect throughout the life course. (Ch. 9)
  • - Media and Technology by David Young and new contributor Anabel Quan-Haase now incorporates coverage of recent technological developments, including the digital divide, internet access, online identities, and surveillance. (Ch. 16)
  • New coverage of contemporary topics, including Indigenous issues, ethnic minority theorists, systemic discrimination, virtual communities, work and family well-being, and disability.
  • Researchers in Action boxes profile Canadian sociologists and highlight exciting sociological research undertaken in Canada.
  • Sociological Explorations features offer annotated sociological activities engaging students with sociological questions in their everyday lives.
  • List of key terms with definitions appear at the end of each chapter as well as in a glossary at the end of the text.