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Sociology: Compass for a New Social World, 6th Edition

  • Robert J. Brym
  • Lance W. Roberts
  • Lisa Strohschein
  • ISBN-10: 0176849696
  • ISBN-13: 9780176849696
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2013, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

A compelling design, research focus, and an engaging narrative defines Sociology: Compass for a New Social World. The renowned author team shows students how thinking sociologically can help them draw connections between themselves and the social world. Sociological concepts are clearly connected to students’ interests and experiences by taking universal and popular elements of contemporary culture and rendering them sociologically relevant. This text devotes more space than others do to drawing connections between objectivity and subjectivity in research, presenting a more realistic, and therefore more exciting, account of how sociologists practise their craft. Tables and graphs are not simply referred to, they are analyzed. Some theories are rejected, while others are endorsed. The author team brings depth to issues of diversity and globalization using personal and research experiences.


  • Sociology at the Movies and Sociology on TV offer sociological insights gleaned from current films and popular television shows and demonstrate sociology’s vitality and relevance to students’ lives. With thought-provoking questions at the end of each box, these features encourage students to think critically about the films they watch.

  • It’s Your Choice teaches students that sociology can have urgent, practical importance—and that they can have a say in the development of public policy.

  • Social Policy: What Do You Think? invites students to engage critically with issues related to social policy.

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About the Author

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.

Lance W. Roberts

Lance W. Roberts was born in Calgary, grew up in Edmonton, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He is a Fellow of St. John’s College and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches Introductory Sociology as well as research methods and statistics courses. In the last decade, he has received several teaching awards, including his university’s Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching. His current research interests cover the comparative charting of social change, educational concerns, and mental health issues. In addition to publishing in research journals, Lance recently coauthored The Methods Coach, The Statistics Coach, and Understanding Social Statistics: A Student’s Guide through the Maze (Oxford University Press), all aimed at helping students master fundamental research techniques. He enjoys teaching Introductory Sociology and is currently developing a variety of tools to enlarge his students’ sociological imaginations.

Lisa Strohschein

Lisa Strohschein (rhymes with sunshine) was born in Ontario, Canada, and received her Ph.D. at McMaster University in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. In her research, she investigates how family dynamics are related to health and well-being, with a specific focus on the impact of divorce on adults and children. Her current projects include a federally funded grant to describe and evaluate the social implications of new family forms in Canada and an international collaboration that will compare how Canadian and American youth navigated the transition to adulthood during the Great Recession.

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations
Chapter 1: A Sociological Compass
Chapter 2: How Sociologists Do Research

Part Two: Basic Social Processes
Chapter 3: Culture
Chapter 4: Socialization
Chapter 5: Social Interaction
Chapter 6: Networks, Groups, Bureaucracies, and Societies

Part Three: Inequality
Chapter 7: Deviance and Crime
Chapter 8: Social Stratification
Chapter 9: Globalization, Inequality, and Development
Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 11: Sexualities and Gender Stratification
Chapter 12: Sociology of the Body: Disability, Aging, and Death

Part Four: Institutions
Chapter 13: Work and the Economy
Chapter 14: Politics
Chapter 15: Families
Chapter 16: Religion
Chapter 17: Education
Chapter 18: Mass Media and Mass Communication
Chapter 19: Health and Medicine

Part Five: Social Change
Chapter 20: Population and Urbanization
Chapter 21: Collective Action and Social Movements
Online Chapter 22: Technology and the Global Environment

New to this edition

  • Throughout, we added new research findings and incorporated data from the most recent Canadian census to keep the book as up-to-date as possible. The new edition contains more than 80 new and revised figures.


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

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