Sociology

  • Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada

    Edited by Mitch Daschuk, Carolyn Brooks and James Popham     Forthcoming April 2020

    Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada is an introduction to the sociology of what has traditionally been called deviance and conformity. This book shifts the focus from individuals labelled deviant to the political and economic processes that shape marginalization, power and exclusion.

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  • Restless Ideas

    Contemporary Social Theory in an Anxious Age

    By Tony Simmons     Forthcoming January 2020

    Tony Simmons illustrates how social theory provides us with the skills for more informed observation, analysis and empathic understanding of social behaviour and social interaction.

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  • The Politics of Restorative Justice

    A Critical Introduction, Second Edition

    By Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund     September 2019

    This second edition expands on how intersecting socio-politcal contexts — gendered, racialized, settler colonial, hetero-normative and others — contour the practice and potential of restorative justice.

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  • Social Perspectives on Death and Dying

    Third Edition

    By Jeanette A. Auger     August 2019

    This updated third edition takes us through the maze of issues, both social and personal, which surround death and dying in Canada. Topics include euthanasia and medically assisted death, palliative care and hospices, the high incidence of opioid deaths, the impact of cyber bullying in suicide deaths, the sociology of hiv/aids, funeral and burial practices, the high rates of suicide in Canada and dealing with grief and bereavement, among others.

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  • Change a Life, Change your Own

    Child Sponsorship, the Discourse of Development, and the Production of Ethical Subjects

    By Peter Ove     February 2018

    An examination of the ways that child sponsorship works not to raise children in the South out of poverty, but instead to convince people in the North that they are ethical subjects concerned about and aiding development

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  • From The Inside Looking Out

    Competing Ideas About Growing Old. Second Edition

    By Jeanette A. Auger, Diane Tedford-Litle and Brenda Wallace-Allen     February 2018

    A unique examination of the differences between the lived experiences of older persons and those who claim to be “experts” on their lives, namely Gerontologists and other providers of care.

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  • Mapping Geographies of Violence

    Edited by Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer and James J. Brittain     October 2017

    Mapping Geographies of Violence presents readers with a larger understanding and analysis of how violence, far from just an expression of individuals or groups, is rooted in social constructs like class, patriarchy and racism.

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  • Understanding Societies

    Readings for Introductory Sociology

    Edited by Gillian Balfour     August 2012

    This book is a collection of critical readings that animate contemporary sociological theory and research. Students will learn how sociology can be relevant in their everyday lives as they are introduced to scholars who challenge conventional thinking about how the world works. Designed as a companion reader for introductory sociology students, each reading is set in context with clear linkages to Joanne Naiman’s How Societies Work. Students will read about racial profiling, wrongful convictions, homophobia, human trafficking, professional sports, sweatshop labour, and residential schools. Each chapter illustrates how sociologists think about social inequality, power, and social transformation.

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  • How Societies Work, 5th Edition

    Class, Power, and Change

    By Joanne Naiman     March 2012

    In 2011, protesters around the world – including Canada – called for changes to the societies in which they live. Many observers were asking: “What do they want?” Some answers to this question can be found in How Societies Work, a unique and accessible introductory sociology textbook that introduces students to the structure of contemporary societies and the power relationships within them. In contrast to most introductory textbooks, How Societies Work explores a broad range of sociological concepts and theories while simultaneously creating a coherent picture of modern societies. Drawing on fields as diverse as anthropology, genetics, economics, social psychology, history and politics, this innovative and popular text looks at both the roots of modern societies and the current structures within them. This approach helps undergraduate students make sense of our complex social world and encourages them to connect the social world to their own lived experiences.

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  • Gendered Intersections

    An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, 2nd Edition

    Edited by C. Lesley Biggs, Pamela Downe and Susan Gingell     September 2011

    Following the structure of the successful first edition of Gendered Intersections, this second edition examines the intersections across and between gender, race, culture, class, ability, sexuality, age and geographical location from the diverse perspectives of academics, artists and activists. Using a variety of mediums – academic research, poetry, statistics, visual essays, fiction, emails and music – this collection offers a unique exploration of gender through issues such as Aboriginal self-governance, poverty, work, spirituality, globalization and community activism. This new edition brings a greater focus on politics, and gender and the law. It also includes access to a Gendered Intersections website, which contains several performances by poets and a Gendered Intersections Quiz, which highlights the historical and contemporary contributions of women and non-hegemonic men to Canadian society.

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