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Print Price: $109.99

576 pp.
199 photos, 55 figures, 49 tables, 8.5" x 11"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Elements of Sociology

A Critical Canadian Introduction, Sixth Edition

John Steckley
Angela Aujla, Prasad Bidaye, Scott Schafer and Paige Freeborn

Acclaimed by instructors and students alike for its fresh, innovative approach to the discipline, Elements of Sociology is back and better than ever in this brand new sixth edition. New topics-including increased coverage on social theory, COVID-19, socialization, gender, race, sexuality, legalized cannabis, the opioid crisis, and the climate change protests-keep the book contemporary and relatable for students. Incorporating coverage of ethics and statistical analysis into the research chapter, the new edition provides the tools students need to read statistics and research more critically. Throughout these updates, John Steckley's narrative approach captivates as he explores the theories, structures, and relationships that make up our social world.

Filled with anecdotes, examples, illustrations, and critical thinking questions, the sixth edition of Elements challenges students to think differently about both sociology and the world around them.

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

Introducing...Elements of Sociology
A Word or Two from the Author
1. Knowing Sociology: What is Sociology, and How Did It Begin?
2. Thinking Sociology: An Introduction to Theory
3. Doing Sociology: Social Research Methods
4. Socialization and Social Roles
5. Culture
6. "Deviance" and Crime
7. Social and Economic Inequality
8. "Race" and Ethnicity
9. Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
10. Social Organizations and the Sociology of Religion
11. Family
12. Media and Society
13. Education
14. Health and Ability
15. Environment and Climate Change

Instructor's Manual
Practice Quizzes
PowerPoint Slides
Test Bank

John Steckley was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Humber College for more than 20 years. He is the author of over a dozen books and 200 articles in scholarly journals. A specialist in Indigenous languages, culture, and history, he has previously worked as a consultant on CBC's Canada: A People's History and is currently serving as tribal linguist of the Wyandot [or Huron] of Kansas.

Thinking about Sociology - Karen L. Anderson
Imagining Sociology - Catherine Corrigall-Brown
Real-Life Sociology - Anabel Quan-Haase and Lorne Tepperman
Starting Points - Lorne Tepperman
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Principles of Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • An engaging narrative approach captures student interest and provides diverse, impactful examples that bring this exciting field of study to life.
  • A Canadian focus offers students a solid overview of the issues, events, and figures at the heart of sociological inquiry in Canada.
  • An emphasis on critical thinking encourages students to question the status quo and actively take part in ongoing sociological conversations and debates.
  • NEW Chapter on theory in which theory is introduced in a way that appeals to students and is applied to real-world situations to which all students can relate.
  • NEW Chapter on media explores the influence of technological shifts in Canadian media on student's perception of reality, social inequality, construction of the self, and the reciprocal relationship between identity and society.
  • Unmatched treatment of diversity and Indigenous concerns helps students recognize and comprehend issues facing people of various social, ethnic, racial, religious, educational, and other backgrounds.