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New Society, 9th Edition

By Robert J. Brym
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ISBN-10: 0176889094
ISBN-13: 9780176889098
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 9th

New Society is an introductory sociology textbook overseen and edited by bestselling author Robert Brym, with contributed chapters by 15 well-respected sociological experts. Social problems are complex and controversial, and New Society is prided on its ability to build excitement for students around sociology as an academic discipline. New Society focuses on social issues that will resonate with undergraduate students and are a part of their everyday lives. The ninth edition includes important emergent topics in the field, and authors purposefully highlight controversies in order to stimulate class discussions and further engage students.


  • *NEW* Thoroughly revised and updated to include important emergent topics in the field of sociology, including: Governments and big data, intersectionality theory, advertising and identity, precarious work, legalization of cannabis, cycles of democracy and reaction and polyamory and the law.
  • *NEW* There are 30 Critical Sociology features in the book, 18 of which are new to this edition.
  • Chapter objectives presented at the beginning of each chapter prepare students to think critically and to absorb the material.
  • The text features 15 Canadian Sociology researchers and experts as contributors, edited by Robert Brym to create a harmonious voice.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Introducing Sociology - Robert Brym, University of Toronto
  • Chapter 2: Research Methods - Neil Guppy, University of British Columbia
  • Part Two: Culture
  • Chapter 3: Culture - Robert Brym, University of Toronto
  • Chapter 4: Socialization - Lisa Strohschein, University of Alberta
  • Chapter 5: Gender and Sexualities - Marisa Young and Tina Fetner, McMaster University
  • Chapter 6: Communication and Mass Media - Sonia Bookman, University of Manitoba
  • Part Three: Inequality
  • Chapter 7: Social Stratification - Michelle Maroto and Harvey Krahn, University of Alberta
  • Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Relations - Vic Satzewich, McMaster University
  • Chapter 9: Development, Underdevelopment, and Globalization - Anthony Winson, University of Guelph
  • Part Four: Institutions
  • Chapter 10: Families ? Amber Gazso, York University, and Karen Kobayashi, University of Victoria
  • Chapter 11: Education - Scott Davies, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Chapter 12: Religion - Reginald W. Bibby, University of Lethbridge
  • Part Five: Change and Conflict
  • Chapter 13: Deviance and Crime - Julian Tanner, University of Toronto
  • Chapter 14: Health and Aging - Margaret J. Penning, University of Victoria
  • Chapter 15: Politics and Social Movements - Robert Brym, University of Toronto

Author Information

Robert J. Brym

Robert Brym is S. D. Clark Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the President's Teaching Academy, and a winner of the Northrop Frye Prize for academic and teaching excellence. His introductory-level textbooks have been published in Canada, Quebec (in French), the United States, Brazil (in Portuguese), and Australia. He has published research on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in Russia, and collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine. Currently, his research focuses on the 2010–11 Arab Spring and the ensuing Arab Winter.