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Real-Life Sociology

A Canadian Approach

Anabel Quan-Haase and Lorne Tepperman

Real-Life Sociology integrates a theoretical approach with readable and relatable examples, providing an engaging and thought-provoking introduction to the core concepts and issues in Canadian sociology today. Keeping pace with our complex and changing society, this text tackles pertinent topics such as cyberbullying, refugees, precarious job markets, privacy erosion, and transgender rights to help today's students make sense of the world around them.

Readership : First- and second-year students out of Sociology departments at the university level.


  • "This is a great text and a wonderful new take on Sociology as a relevant discipline that can help students frame their lives and powerful forces in it."
    --Rita Hamoline, University of Saskatchewan

  • "[Real-Life Sociology] does an exceptional job of speaking to a cohort of young readers, who are new to the study of sociology. It draws upon a range of issues that are likely to be of interest to the readership and does an excellent job of linking it to the material being presented....this will be a welcome addition to the field of sociology. [Quan-Haase and Tepperman] have developed a novel approach to engaging readers and have done an excellent job of inviting them to adopt a sociological imagination."
    --Anne Wagner, Nipissing University

  • "This is one of the best Canadian textbooks for introductory sociology courses. The book is well designed, nicely structured, and reader-friendly. The book, with 16 chapters, covers a full range of sociological topics and provides a comprehensive and consistent introduction to sociology for students."
    --Anne Wagner, Nipissing University

  • "This is a very thorough and incisive introduction to sociology. It not only covers the basics of the discipline, it develops an approach that appreciates the undergraduate perspective on science, technology, careers, culture, methodology and current events. It is stimulating and a refreshing contribution to the competitive market of introductory sociology textbooks."
    --Ondine Park, MacEwan University

Note: Each chapter also includes:
- Introduction
- Learning objectives
- Conclusion
- Questions for critical thought
- Recommended readings
- Recommended online resources
1. Inspiring the Sociological Imagination
- Science, Technology, and the Sociological Imagination
-- C Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination
-- How Sociology Relates to Science and Technology
- Basic Concepts of Sociology
- Knowing What We Know
- Ways of Looking at Sociology
-- Conflict Theory
-- Functional Theory
-- Symbolic Interactionism
-- Feminist Theory
-- Sociological Theories Today
- Skills Gained from Studying Sociology
2. Measuring the Real World Sociologically
The Process of Research
-- Identifying an Area of Study and Formulating a Research Problem
-- Literature Review
-- Research Design
-- Collecting and Analyzing Data
-- Write-Up, Scholarly
-- Communication, and Critical Reflection
- Theoretical Approaches to Research Methods
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Structural Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- Methods of Social Research
-- Survey Research
-- Interviews
-- Field Research
-- Participatory Action Research (PAR)
-- Secondary Data Analysis
- The Ethics of Conducting Research
-- Research Ethics Boards (REB)
3. Cultures as Ways of Seeing Reality
- Cultural Universals and Cultural Relativism
- Theoretical Approaches to Culture
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- Culture and Language
- Patterns of Cultural Variation
-- Subculture and Counterculture
-- High Culture and Popular Culture
-- Cultural Capital and Cultural Literacy
-- Cultural Values and Economic Behaviour
- The Culture of Science
-- Science, Technology, and Cultural Change
4. Making Infants into Social Beings through Socialization
- The Socialization Process
-- Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization
-- Socialization over the Life Course
- Theoretical Approaches to Socialization
-- Structural Functionalism
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- The Self, Identity, and Social Roles
-- The Self
-- Identity
-- Social Roles
- Agents of Socialization
-- Home and the Family
-- Kindergarten and Schools
-- College and University
-- The Workplace
5. The Social Construction of Deviance and Crime
- Varieties of Deviant Behaviour
- Theoretical Approaches to Deviance
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminist Theory
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- Crime: A Special Case of Deviance
-- Violent Crime
-- Non-Violent Crime
-- Technology and Crime
-- Victimization
- Social Control and Punishment
6. Economic Inequality and Class Exploitation
- Class Inequality and Social Stratification
-- Class as a Structuring Force
-- Social Stratification
- Theoretical Approaches to Class and Economic Inequality
-- Structural Functionalism
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- Social Mobility
-- Upward Mobility
-- Inter- and Intragenerational Mobility
-- Downward Mobility
- Poverty
-- Measuring Poverty and Well-Being
-- Indigenous Populations and Economic Challenges
-- Homelessness
-- Food Banks
- Social Determinants of Health
- Promoting Social and Economic Inclusion
-- Childcare and Early Childhood Education
-- Formal Education and Credentials
-- Safety Nets
7. Gender Inequality and Gender Domination
- Defining Sex and Gender
- Gendering and Transgendering
- Theoretical Approaches to Gender Inequality
-- Conflict Theories
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
-- Feminist Theory
- Gender at Home, at Work, and at School
-- Gender Inequality in the Workplace
-- Technology, Gender, and Education
- Violence against Women
-- The Process of Intimate Partner Violence and Victimization
-- Victimization of Indigenous Women
8. Racialization and the Construction of Social Marginality
- Racialization and Ethnicity
-- Biological versus Constructivist Conceptions of Racialization
-- Studying Racialization and Ethnicity
-- Racialized Minorities and the Dominant Group
- Theoretical Approaches to Racialization
-- Functionalism
-- Conflict Theory
-- Symbolic Interactionism
-- Feminism
- Social Distance and Tolerance Diasporas
- Racialization Practices
-- Institutional, Expressed, and Internalized Racism
-- Prejudice and Discrimination
-- Microaggressions
-- Genocide
9. Understanding Global Inequality
- Defining and Measuring Global Inequality
- Globalization and Its Relation to Global Inequality
- Technology, Politics, and Global Inequality
- Theoretical Approaches to Global Inequality
-- Functional Theory
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminist Theory
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- The Role of the State
-- The Role of the State in Global Inequality
-- The Role of the State in Cultural Globalization
- The Globalizing Role of Technology
- The Role of Migration in Global Inequality
- How to Fight Global Inequality
10. Families, Age Groups, and Social Patterns Close to Home
- Theoretical Approaches to the Family
-- Conflict Theory
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
-- Feminist Theory
- Defining the "Family"
- Changes to Families in the Twenty-First Century
-- Changes in Family Forms
-- Families and Housework
-- Families and Health
-- Families and Socialization
-- Families and Work
11. Experiences in Schools and Formal Education
- Theoretical Perspectives on Education
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminist Approaches
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- The Academic Revolution
- The Commodification of Education
- Educational Trends and Inequalities
- New Forms of Education
- Areas of Sociological Interest in Primary and Secondary Education
-- Ability Grouping or "Streaming"
-- Segregation in Schooling
-- Education and Mental Health
-- Abuse and Violence in Schools
-- Improving Student Learning and Performance
12. Work and the Economy in Real Life
- Industrialism and the Industrial Revolution
-- Industrial Society
-- Key Processes of Industrialization
- Theoretical Approaches to Work
-- Conflict Theory
-- Functionalism
-- Feminist Theories
-- Symbolic Interactionism
The Organization of Work in Canada Today
-- Technological Influence on the Workplace
-- Modern Capitalism and Neo-Liberalism
-- Globalization
-- The "Feminization" of Work
-- The End of Class Politics?
-- The Decreasing Role of Unions
13. The Power of Religious Ideas and Institutions
- Defining Religion
-- Substantive and Functional Definitions
-- The Sociological Approach to Religion
- Theoretical Approaches to Religion
-- Conflict Theory
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
-- Feminism
- Trends in Religious Belief
-- Secularization
-- Fundamentalism
-- The Religion/Science Debate: Past and Present
-- Scientists and Religious Belief
- Religion in Political Life
-- The Social Gospel Movement
-- Civil Religion
- New Religious Movements
- Religion in Canada Today
14. Mass and Social Media in a Global Age
- Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Mass Media
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminist Theory
-- Structural Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- Consumer Culture and Convergence
- Media Ownership
-- Regulatory Bodies
-- Media Convergence and Monopoly
- Globalization and the Media
-- Global Audiences
-- Globalization
- Media Literacy
15. The Social Impact on Populations and the Environment
- Theoretical Perspectives to Population
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- World Population
- Theoretical Approaches to the Environment
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminist Theory
-- Functionalism
-- Symbolic Interactionism
- The Natural Environment
- The Role of Science
- Urbanization
- Built Environments
16. Social Movements and Collective Action
- What Are Social Movements?
- Origins and Historical Background of Social Movements
-- Machine Breaking
-- Women's Suffrage
-- American Civil Rights Movement
-- Anti-Apartheid Movement
-- Environmental Movements
- Types of Social Movements and Engagement
-- Petition
-- Protest
-- Rebellion
-- Letters and Postcards
-- Blockade
-- Hacktivism
-- Controversial Movement Strategies
- Theoretical Approaches to Social Movements
-- Conflict Theory
-- Feminism
-- Network Theory
-- New Social Movement Theory
- Processes of Social Movements
-- Resource Mobilization Theory
-- The Life Cycle of Social Movements

Instructor's Manual:
- Sample syllabus
- 5-8 suggested cumulative assignments
- 5-8 suggested cumulative essay questions
For each chapter:
- Lecture outline
- Chapter overview
- 1-2 suggested in-class activities
- 5-8 suggested teaching aids
- 2-3 suggested in-class discussion questions
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
- 20-30 multiple choice questions
- 15-25 true-or-false questions
- 7-10 short answer questions, with page references
- Answer key with page references
PowerPoint slides:
For each chapter:
- 35-40 lecture slides
- Includes figures, tables, and photos from the text
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
- Chapter overview
- 5-10 learning objectives
- List of key terms
- 3-5 critical thinking questions
- 5-8 recommended readings
- 5-8 recommended online resources (videos, websites, etc.)
Streaming Video Collections:
- 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
Video Viewing Guide:
- Summary of each video
- Discussion questions
- Assignment topics
- Suggestions for key clips to use in the classroom
- Integrated e-book
- Intro Sociology Timeline
- Chapter summaries
- Key terms list
- Interactive flashcards for students
- Self-grading quizzes for students
- Student activities (2 per chapter)
- Case studies with suggested answers (1-2 per chapter)
- Sociology-related RSS newsfeed
- Web Resources
- Integrated e-book
- Test bank
-- 40-60 multiple choice questions
-- 30-50 true-or-false questions
-- 15-30 short answer questions
- Interactive flashcards for students
- Sociology-related RSS newsfeed
- Web Resources
E-book ISBN 9780199024766

Anabel Quan-Haase is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology as well as the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is past President of the Canadian Association for Information Science and currently acts as the association's social media director. Her work and teaching focuses on technology and its effects on society, as well as computer-mediated communication. She is also the director of the Sociodigital Lab, which explores how information and communication technologies lead to social change. Some of her current projects involve examining the impact of the e-book and electronic networks of exchange on humanist scholarship, "breakup 2.0" (ending relationships in the era of digital communication), facets of serendipity in everyday chance encounters, and the media's role in disaster early-warning systems in Brazil. She has also authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on instant messaging, social networking, information technology, and internet use.

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 Social Control (2016), The Stacked Deck (2016), Social Problems, 4e (2015), Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, 4e (2015), Starting Points, 2e (2014), and Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, 3e (2013).

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

Special Features

  • The perfect balance of theory and contemporary real-life examples incorporates analysis of current social issues - such as the refugee crisis, the influence of science and technology on society, precarious job markets, privacy erosion, and transgender rights - making sociology relatable to today's students.
  • Intersectional analysis throughout examines intersections of "race," gender, citizenship status, Indigeneity, sexuality, disability, and class when discussing topics such as the wage gap, suicide statistics, educational attainment, social mobility, and status symbols.
  • Available with Dashboard - an all-in-one interactive site offering the textbook in digital form alongside quizzes, activities, and supplemental material that enhances students' understanding of the field.
  • Streaming video collection includes video clips and feature-length films on relevant topics and are perfect for use in lectures and to stimulate classroom discussion. An accompanying viewing guide provides background information and discussion topics for each clip.
  • An engaging box program invites students to think about sociological ideas from many angles.
  • - Spotlight On boxes highlight interesting and relatable examples that help illustrate sociological concepts and issues.
  • - Theory in Everyday Life boxes introduce theories and theorists, and apply theories to the real world.
  • - Sociology 2.0 boxes outline contemporary case studies related to science, technology, and digital media.
  • - Digital Divide boxes discuss modern inequality in a digital and technology-driven age.
  • - Think Globally boxes apply a global perspective to the material, either comparing Canada with the world or bringing up key issues in other countries that illustrate chapter concepts.
  • - Time to Reflect boxes throughout each chapter ask critical thinking questions that encourage students to engage their sociological imaginations and also consider how issues discussed relate to their everyday lives.