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Society in Question, 7th Edition

By Robert J. Brym
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320 pages
ISBN-10: 0176509984
ISBN-13: 9780176509989
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Canada's best-selling introductory sociology reader, Society in Question, Seventh Edition, is a collection of 25 articles that provide balanced coverage of the major topics, approaches, and methods in current sociology. With his signature passion, Bob Brym selects and commissions articles characterized by their clarity, brevity, appeal to today’s undergraduate students, and ability to transform one’s perspective. Society in Question is organized into thematic parts that explore the main areas of sociological inquiry and focuses on a broad spectrum of sociological thought, from sports and masculinity (Dumas’ “Are Sports Becoming Less Masculine?”) and social media (Bookman’s “Social Media: Implications for Social Life”) to social inequality (Myles’ “The Inequality Surge”) and early childhood education (Beach et. al’s “The State of Early Childhood Education and Child Care in 2009”).


  • *NEW* Original articles commissioned for this volume, including "Social Media: Implications for Social Life", by Sonia Bookman (University of Manitoba); " Are Sports Becoming Less Masculine"?, by Steve Dumas (University of Calgary); and "The Future of Sociology", by Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley).
  • *NEW* Many new articles spanning a wide array of social issues, including "The Inequality Surge, by John Myles (University of Toronto); "Climate Change: Causes, Impact, Solutions", by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and "Beyond Mendel's Ghost", by Michael J. Shanahan, Shawn Bauldry, and Jason Freeman (University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill)
  • With an annotated first chapter, the text shows students how to take notes while reading and become truly critical readers.
  • The text features strong pedagogical elements to guide the students' understanding of the readings, including introductions to each Part in the text, as well as critical thinking questions.
  • InfoTrac® is a powerful online learning resource consisting of thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals. By doing a simple keyword search, students quickly generate a list of relevant full-text articles from thousands of possibilities. InfoTrac®'s continually updated collection of articles can be useful for doing reading and writing assignments that reach beyond the pages of this text. Students who purchase a new copy of this text will receive free access to InfoTrac® College Edition for a four month term.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: The Field of Sociology
  • Chapter 1: Sociology as a Life or Death Issue (Robert J. Brym)
  • Chapter 2: Careers in Sociology (Scott Davies and David Walters)
  • Part Two: Foundations of Society
  • A. Socialization
  • Chapter 3: Pathology of Imprisonment (Philip E. Zimbardo)
  • Chapter 4: Beyond Mendel's Ghost (Michael J. Janahan, Shawn Bauldry, and Jason Freeman)
  • B. Social Structure
  • Chapter 5: Egotistical Suicide (Emile Durkheim)
  • Chapter 6: Connecting Communities: On and Offline (Barry Wellman)
  • Chapter 7: Social Media: Implications for Social Life (Sonia Bookman)
  • C. Culture
  • Chapter 8: Movies and Society (Shyon Baumann)
  • Chapter 9: Do Video Games Kill? (Karen Sternheimer)
  • Part Three: Social Inequality
  • A. Income
  • Chapter 10: The Inequality Surge (John Myles)
  • Chapter 11: Poverty in Canada (Ann Duffy and Nancy Mandell)
  • B. Ethnicity and Race
  • Chapter 12: Multiculturalism or Vertical Mosaic? Occupational Stratification Among Canadian Ethnic Groups (Hugh Lautard and Neil Guppy)
  • Chapter 13: The Racial Profiling Debate in Toronto: Data, Denials and Confusion (Scot Wortley and Julian Tanner)
  • Chapter 14: French Quebec: The Quiet Revolution, and After: Glories and Miseries of Four Utopias (Jean-Phillippe Warren)
  • C. Sex and Gender
  • Chapter 15: Sexualities (Michael S. Kimmell and Rebecca F. Plante)
  • Chapter 16: Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Workplace (Sandy Welsh and Jayne Baker)
  • Part Four: Social Institutions
  • A. Families
  • Chapter 17: The Changing Face of Matrimony: Same-Sex Civil Marriage in the Twenty-First Century (Adam Isaiah Green)
  • Chapter 18: The State of Early Childhood Education and Child Care in 2009 (Jane Beach, Martha Friendly, Carolyn Ferns, Nina Brabhu, and Barry Forer)
  • B. Politics
  • Chapter 19: The Canadian Voter in a New Conservative Era (Lawrence LeDuc)
  • Chapter 20: Mass Murder: What Causes It? Can It Be Stopped? (Michael Mann and James Ron)
  • Part Five: Deviance and Crime
  • Chapter 21: Are Sports Becoming Less Masculine? (Steve Dumas)
  • Chapter 22: News, Truth and the Problem of Corporate Crime: The Case of Westray (John L. McMullan)
  • Part Six: Global Development and the Environment
  • Chapter 23: The Chimera of Democracy and Development (William I. Robinson)
  • Chapter 24: Climate Change: Causes, Impact, Solutions (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
  • Chapter 25: The Future of Sociology (Michael Burawoy)

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.