Sociology in Action, 4th Edition
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The essence of sociology lies in the sociological imagination. Sociology in Action: A Canadian Perspective, Third Edition, articulates the importance of developing a sociological imagination and highlights the tools that are necessary to develop that skill: empirical research methods that create verifiable knowledge, sociological theories that explain that knowledge, and critical thinking that enables us to evaluate and to extrapolate from that knowledge. By the time students have completed this text, they will be better equipped to engage in effective social action in the context of their families, communities, and professions, as well as in the context of larger social problems such as social inequality and environmental degradation. With their signature passion and Sociological Toolkit, Diane Symbaluk and Tami Bereska have created a text that will inspire 21st-century learners to become active and informed citizens.
- Unique to this textbook, four different settings within which the sociological toolkit can be used are highlighted: in theory, in practice, in my community, and in my life. This approach is especially effective for helping students understand how sociology relates to their everyday lives and how academic sociology (i.e., based in theoretical and empirical research) applies to real life.
- Sociology Online boxes highlight particular websites that demonstrate key concepts and provide in depth examples of topics discussed in the chapters.
- Sociology in Theory sections highlight certain pieces of research by formally trained academics.
- Sociology in Practice boxes consist of applications of sociological concepts for policy development.
- Sociology in My Community boxes demonstrate how sociological principles can be transmitted to nonacademic audiences.
- Sociology in My Life boxes are applications of sociological knowledge to one's own personal life experiences.
- Learning Objectives and Outcomes are numbered statements about the intended knowledge and/or skills students should be able to demonstrate following a thorough reading of the chapter.
- Opening quotations begin each chapter; they are intended to spark the reader's interest and set the tone for the chapter by highlighting a central concept, issue, or paradox that is pertinent to the topic covered in the chapter
- Sociology on Screen boxes discuss documentaries and/or fictional films that illustrate key concepts and processes.
- Sociology in Music boxes look at music that illustrates the importance of sociological concepts in everyday practices.
Table of Contents
- Part One: Practising Sociology: Your Sociological Toolkit
- Chapter 1: Seeing and Acting Through the Lens of Sociology
- Chapter 2: Applying Sociological Research Methods
- Part Two: Society and the Self: The Foundations
- Chapter 3: ?I Am Canadian?: What Is ?Canadian? Culture?
- Chapter 4: Socialization: The Self and Social Identity
- Chapter 5: Social Inequality in Canadian Society
- Chapter 6: Mass Media: Living in the Electronic Age
- Part Three: The Micro and Macro of Our Everyday Lives
- Chapter 7: Sex, Gender, and Sexualities: Deconstructing Dualisms
- Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity: Defining Ourselves and Others
- Chapter 9: Canadian Families: Past, Present, and Future
- Chapter 10: Learning What Is ?True?: Religion, Science, and Education
- Chapter 11: Social Control, Deviance, and Crime
- Chapter 12: Health and Illness: Is It ?Lifestyle? or Something More?
- Part Four: Our Changing World
- Chapter 13: Social Change: Collective Behaviour and Social Movements
- Chapter 14: ?Going Green?: Environmental Sociology
- Chapter 15: Globalization: The Interconnected World