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Print Price: $99.95

Format:
Paperback
496 pp.
100 photos; 70 figures; 3 maps (all in full colour), 8.5" x 11"

ISBN-13:
9780199037223

Copyright Year:
2021

Imprint: OUP Canada


Real-Life Sociology

A Canadian Approach, Second Edition

Anabel Quan-Haase and Lorne Tepperman

Balancing theory and real-world examples to bring sociology to life.

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 social media movements, climate change, precarious job markets, global pandemics, 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.

Reviews

  • "Real-Life Sociology introduces sociological theory in an accessible format for students of all levels providing unique insights into real-life applications that will connect with students' lived experiences."
    -- Kelsey Leonard, Six Nations Polytechnic

  • "[Real-Life Sociology] is comprehensive, covering everything that needs to be covered. It also applies the concepts effectively, with popular, easy to grasp examples."
    -- Marcella Siqueira Cassiano, Concordia University of Edmonton

Author's Preface and Acknowledgments
Publisher's Preface
1. Thinking Like a Sociologist
Introduction
The Sociological Imagination and Sociology's Beginnings
C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination
The Beginnings of Society as a Discipline
Foundational Concepts of Sociology
Social Structure and Culture
Social Institutions
Knowing What We Know
Ways of Looking at Sociology
Skills Gained from Studying Sociology
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
2. Research Methods
Introduction
Defining Research Methods
The Process of Research
Identifying an Area of Study
Literature Review
Research Question
Research Design
Collecting and Analyzing Data
Write-Up, Scholarly Communication, and Critical Reflection
Theoretical Approaches to Research Methods
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Functionalism
Symbolic Interaction
Methods of Social Research
Survey Research
Interviews
Field Research
Secondary Data Analysis
The Ethics of Conducting Research
Research Ethics Board (REB)
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
3. Culture
Introduction
What Counts as Culture?
Cultural Universals and Cultural Relativism
Theoretical Approaches to Culture
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Functionalism
Symbolic Interaction
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
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
4. Socialization
Introduction
Socialization
Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization
Socialization over the Life Course
Agents of Socialization
Home and the Family
Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
The Workplace
Mass Media and Social Media
Theoretical Approaches to Socialization
Functionalism
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Symbolic Interactionalism
The Self, Identity, and Social Roles
The Self
Social Rules
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
5. Deviance and Crime
Introduction
Varieties of Deviant Behaviour
Theoretical Approaches to Deviance
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Functionalism
Symbolic Interaction
Crime: A Special Case of Deviance
Violent Crime
Nonviolent Crime
Technology and Crime
Victimization
Punishment of Crime
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
6. Economic Inequality
Introduction
Class Inequality and Social Stratification
Class as a Structuring Force
Social Stratification
Theoretical Approaches to Class and Inequality
Functionalism
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Symbolic Interaction
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
Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Formal Education and Credentials
Safety Nets
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
7. Gender
Introduction
Defining Sex and Gender
Gendering and Transgendering
Theoretical Approaches to Gender Inequality
Conflict Theory
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionalism
Feminist Theory Gender at Home, at Work, and at School
Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Technology, Gender, and Education
Gender-Based Violence
Intimate Partner Violence and Victimization
Victimization of Indigenous Women
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
8. Ethnic and Racialized Groups
Introduction
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 Interactionalism
Feminism
Social Distance and Tolerance
Diasporas
Racialization Practices
Institutional Racism
Expressed and Internalized Racism
Prejudice and Discrimination
Scientific Racism and Eugenics
Microagressions
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
9. Global Inequality
Introduction
Globalization
Globalization
Globalization, Global Inequality, and Technology
Defining and Measuring Global Inequality
Theoretical Approaches to Global Inequality
Functionalism
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Symbolic Interactionism
The Role of the State
The Role of the State in Global Inequality
The Role of the State in Cultural Globalization
The Role of Migration in Global Inequality
The Antiglobalization Movement
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
10. Families
Introduction
Theoretical Approaches to the Family
Conflict Theory
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionism
Feminist Theory
Changes to Families in the Twenty-First Century
Changes in Family Forms
Families and Housework
Families and Health
Families and Socialization
Families and Work
Families and Fertility Technology
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
11. Going to School
Introduction
Theoretical Perspectives on Education
Conflict Theory
Feminist Approaches
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionism
The Academic Revolution
Credentialism and Corporatization
The Commodification of Education
Educational Trends and Inequalities
New Forms of Education
Ability Grouping or Streaming
Segregation in Schooling
Education and Mental Health
Abuse and Violence in Schools
Improving Student Learning and Performance
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
12. Work
Introduction
Industrial Society
Key Processes of Industrialization
Theoretical Approaches to Work
Conflict Theory
Functionalism
Feminism
Symbolic Interactionism
The Organization of Work in Canada Today
Technological Influences on the Workplace
Modern Capitalism and Neoliberalism
Globalization
The "Feminization" of Work
The Shrinking Role of Unions
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
13. Religion
Introduction
Defining Religion
Substansive and Functional Definitions
The Sociological Approach to Religion
Theoretical Approaches to Religion
Conflict Theory
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionalism
Feminism
Trends in Religious Belief
Secularization
Fundamentalism
The Religion-Science Debate: Past and Present
Scientists and Religious Beliefs
Religion in Political Life
Recovery of Indigenous Religions
The Social Gospel Movement
Civil Religion
New Religious Movements
Religion in Canada Today
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
14. Mass and New Media
Introduction
New Media
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Mass Media
Conflict Theory
Feminist Theory
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionism
Consumer Culture
Media Ownership
Regulatory Bodies
Media Covergence
Public Sphere
Globalization and the Media
Global Audiences
Globalization and the Media
Media Literacy
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
15. Populations and the Environment
Introduction
World Population
Theoretical Perspectives to Population
Conflict Theory
Feminism
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionism
Urbanization
The Natural Environment
Global Warming and Climate Change
Theoretical Approaches to the Environment
Conflict Theory
Feminist Theory
Functionalism
Symbolic Interactionism
The Role of Science
Green Consumerism
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
16. Social Movements
Introduction
What Are Social Movements?
Origins and Historical Background of Social Movements
Machine Breaking (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries)
Women's Sufferage (Nineteeth and Twentieth Centuries)
American Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1970s)
Anti-Apartheid Movement (1959-1994)
Environmental Movements (1980s to Today)
Types of Social Movements and Tactics
Petition
Protest
Rebellion
Letters, Postcards, Emails, and "Phone Zaps"
Blockade
Digital Smart Mobs
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
Chapter Summary
Questions for Review
Questions for Critical Thought
Glossary
References
Index

Instructor's Manual
- Sample syllabus
- 5-8 suggested cumulative assignments
- 5-8 suggested cumulative essay questions
For each chapter:
- Lecture outlines
- Chapter overview
- 5-10 learning objectives
- 5-8 suggested teaching aids
- 3-5 suggested in-class discussion questions
Test Generator
For each chapter:
- 30-40 multiple choice questions
- 20-30 true-or-false questions, with answer key
- 10-15 short answer questions, with answer key
- 2-3 essay questions, with answer key (NEW)
PowerPoint slides
For each chapter:
- 20-30 lecture slides
- Includes figures, tables, diagrams, 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 Collection
- Case studies, documentary footage, and feature-length films that complement themes and issues discussed in the book
Video Viewing Guide
- Summary of each video
- Discussion questions
- Assignment topics
- Suggestions for key clips to use in the classroom
Flashcards
Image Bank
Oxford Learning Link Direct
Oxford Learning Cloud

Anabel Quan-Haase is a Professor in the Department of Sociology as well as the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Lorne Tepperman has spent four decades teaching undergraduates. Lorne's recent books include Picturing Social Problems (OUP, © 2018) with Cinthya Guzman and Ioana Sendroiu, and Social Problems: A Canadian Perspective 5e (OUP, © 2020) with Josh Curtis and Rachel La Touche.

Imagining Sociology - Catherine Corrigall-Brown
Elements of Sociology - John Steckley
Sociology Unlocked - Sara Cumming
Principles of Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Reading Sociology - Edited by Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Thinking about Sociology - Karen L. Anderson
Sociology - Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Questioning Sociology - Edited by Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich
Starting Points - Lorne Tepperman
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 lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples within Canada, digital media, and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Intersectional analysis throughout examines intersections of culture, "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.
  • 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, theorists, and applications 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.
New to this Edition
  • Fully updated with current statistics and topics including Indigenous storytelling and research methods, code-switching, environmental racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more.
  • New coverage of the COVID-19 crisis offers discussion of physical distancing as the new social norm, support for Universal Basic Income, and the role of sociology in improving policy change and implementation.
  • Increased coverage of political and social movements-including the George Floyd and police brutality protests, #MeToo movement, Hong Kong water movement, and the Ipperwash Crisis.
  • Expanded coverage of Indigenous issues such as intergenerational trauma, inequality in educational funding, and current efforts to combat homelessness and income disparity.
  • New chapter review questions encourage students to reflect on specific learning objectives and reinforce ideas from the text.





 

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