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Sociology in Our Times, 7th Edition

  • Jane Murray
  • Rick Linden
  • Diana Kendall
  • ISBN-10: 0176558632
  • ISBN-13: 9780176558635
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They Are a-Changin” in 1964, and those words remain relevant even now in this new millennium. Sociology in Our Times, Seventh Canadian Edition, brings to light the relevance of sociology to students’ lives in this rapidly changing world. The text highlights the profound importance of understanding how and why people act the way they do, how societies grapple with issues and major problems, and why many of us are reassured by social institutions – including family, religion, education, government, and the media – even at times when we might like to see certain changes occur in these institutions. Like previous editions of this widely read text, this seventh Canadian edition is a cutting-edge book in two ways: (1) by including a diversity of classical and contemporary theory, interesting and relevant research, and lived experiences that accurately mirror the diversity in society itself, and (2) by showing students that sociology involves important questions and issues that they confront both personally and indirectly through the media and other sources. This text captures the interest of a wide variety of Canadian students by taking into account their concerns and perspectives. As the title suggests, topics were selected to be most pertinent to “Our Times,” including the widening income gap between the rich and poor, new and emerging definitions of family life, changing constructions of sexuality, and ongoing concerns related to our environment. In doing so, we hope that students will learn to critically examine their social world, and to further contemplate the social world they hope to live in moving forward. Sociology in Our Times captures the excitement of this new era and aims to help students understand how sociological theory and research can be applied to both everyday life and the pressing social issues we face in this rapidly changing world.

Features

  • Authentic first-person accounts are used as opening vignettes and throughout each chapter to create interest and give concrete meaning to the topics being discussed. They provide opportunities to consider social life beyond their own experiences and to examine class, gender, ethnicity, and age from diverse perspectives.

  • Each chapter contains a brief Sociology and Everyday Life quiz that relates the sociological perspective to the pressing social issues presented in the opening vignette.

  • In our interconnected world, the sociological imaginations must extend beyond national borders. The global implications of topics are examined throughout each chapter in Sociology in Global Perspectives boxes.

  • Point/Counterpoint boxes encourage students to use their sociological knowledge to grapple with some of today’s most hotly contested issues.

  • Census Profiles provide information that highlights key changes in Canadian society based on census data. Each unique box uses recent statistics, ensuring students are up-to-date and informed about topics discussed.

  • Learning Objectives list the key themes at the beginning of each chapter to give students an overview of major topics and a convenient aid for review.

  • Critical Thinking Questions after each chapter opener’s lived experience invite students to think about the major topics discussed in the vignette and the chapter.

  • Concept Snapshots provide a brief summary of all major perspectives covered in the chapter and the key people connected to those theories.

  • Time to Review Questions help students to review and retain key information from the preceding sections of the text.

  • The Visual Summary provides a concise summary of key points and theoretical perspectives, and includes summarized learning objectives, key figures, and application questions to encourage students to assess their knowledge of the chapter and apply insights they have gained to other issues.

About the Author

Jane Murray

Jane Lothian Murray obtained her Masters degree at the University of Manitoba in 1990 and has been teaching at the University of Winnipeg for 15 years. Before that Jane taught at the University of Manitoba in the Sociology Department. Prior to joining academia, Jane spent ten years working in Youth Corrections, Child Welfare and Mental Health. Her last position was as the coordinator of the assessment unit at Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre. Jane’s research interests include family violence and youth justice. Jane also has the pleasure of raising three sons and two mangy mutts.

Rick Linden

Rick Linden is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. He is the author of over 60 published papers and reports and is the author or editor of four books, including Canada’s best-selling Criminology text which is now in its 7th edition. He has published several crime prevention handbooks and has done many evaluations of crime prevention programs. Rick is currently the co-chair of the Manitoba Auto Theft Task Force. The Task Force developed an auto theft prevention strategy which reduced auto theft rates in Winnipeg by over 80 percent and which won the 2010 Quality Policing Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also the Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission and serves on the management committee of Winnipeg’s Gang Response and Suppression Program.

Diana Kendall

Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her books include SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS (Cengage Learning, 2016), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her most recent scholarly publication is "Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States," a book chapter in PRIVILEGE: A READER, 4th Edition (2016, Westview Press). Dr. Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Table of Contents

Part One: Studying Society
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: Sociological Research

Part Two: The Nature of Social Life
Chapter 3: Culture
Chapter 4: Socialization
Chapter 5: Society, Social Structure, and Interaction
Chapter 6: Families
Chapter 7: Groups and Organizations

Part Three: Social Differences and Social Inequality
Chapter 8: Crime and Deviance
Chapter 9: Social Class and Stratification in Canada
Chapter 10: Global Stratification
Chapter 11: Ethnic Relations and Race
Chapter 12: Gender

Part Four: Social Institutions
Chapter 13: Sex, Sexualities, and Intimate Relationships
Chapter 14: Aging
Chapter 15: Health, Healthcare, and Disability
Chapter 16: Education
Chapter 17: Religion
Chapter 18: Mass Media

Part Five: Social Dynamics and Social Change
Chapter 19: The Economy and Work
Chapter 20: Sociology and the Environment
Chapter 21: Collective Behaviour, Social Movements, and Social Change
Chapter 22: Power, Politics, and Government (online)
Chapter 23: Population and Urbanization (online)

New to this edition

  • The seventh Canadian edition includes several hundred new references that incorporate the most recent new developments in sociological research, including the latest census data from Statistics Canada.
  • A new chapter entitled “Sociology and the Environment” has been included to bring to light the importance of this growing field to the discipline and to the future of society.
  • The text highlights the dynamism in sociology through the discussion of many current topics, such as the changing Canadian family dynamic, the impact of new media in the economy and healthcare, and issues surrounding surveillance laws.
  • The enhanced pedagogical framework, new to this edition, aims to respect diverse learning preferences and engage today’s students.
  • MindTap for Sociology in Our Times is a personalized teaching experience with engaging assignments that help students connect concepts to the real world. Critical thinking is encouraged through analysis, application, and reflection.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months) for Sociology in Our Times, Seventh Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176720456 | ISBN-13: 9780176720452)
Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany Murray's Sociology in Our Times, Seventh Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176720405 | ISBN-13: 9780176720407)

Student Supplements

eBook: Sociology in Our Times  (ISBN-10: 0176755918 | ISBN-13: 9780176755911)
MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Murray's Sociology in Our Times  (ISBN-10: 017672043X | ISBN-13: 9780176720438)

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MindTap® provides you with the tools you need to manage your time better. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever with course material customized and streamlined for you by your instructor in a proven and easy-to-use interface. Relevant, engaging material keeps you connected to your course and course analytics by providing timely feedback showing you where you stand at all times—both individually and compared with the highest performers in class. With a wide array of course specific tools and apps – from an interactive eBook to note taking capabilities and flashcards, you can feel confident that MindTap is a worthwhile and valuable investment in your education. Please note - A Course Registration URL or Course Key is required from your Instructor to use MindTap.