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Sociology in Action, 3rd Edition

  • Diane G. Symbaluk
  • Tami M. Bereska
  • ISBN-10: 0176725067
  • ISBN-13: 9780176725068
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2013
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

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 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.

  • Sociology Online boxes highlight particular websites that demonstrate key concepts and provide in depth examples of topics discussed in the chapters.

  • Offering personalized paths of dynamic assignments and applications, MindTap enables students to analyze and apply chapter concepts within relevant assignments, and allows instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path.

About the Author

Diane G. Symbaluk

Diane Symbaluk received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1997, with a specialization in criminology and social psychology. She joined MacEwan University in 1996 in order to pursue her joint passion for teaching and research mentorship. She has taught courses in a variety of areas including social psychology, criminology, statistics, and research methods. She is presently the faculty advisor for MacEwan University's Community-Based Sociology Project, a supervised student-led research program. Her extensive list of publications includes textbooks, journal articles, and more than forty pedagogical resources (e.g., study guides, test banks, instructor manuals, and online resources). A distinguished teaching award winner, Diane is currently conducting research on published student ratings of instruction and character strengths of award-winning instructors.

Tami M. Bereska

I began university as a psychology major. I had never even heard of sociology. But then, I made my discovery. A discipline where you could study families, teenagers, television shows, popular music, crime, and white supremacists—wow! Who could have ever believed that learning could be so interesting? Sociology grabbed me and has never let me go. Going on to obtain my Master of Arts and my Doctorate in sociology, I’ve since studied all sorts of interesting topics—adult and adolescent series romance novels (e.g. Harlequin, Sweet Valley High), what being a “real man” means in Young Adult novels for boys, and the medicalization of women’s lives in magazine advertising. Popular culture, deviance and youth fascinate me. Along with my love of sociology, I have a love for teaching undergraduate students. I had my first opportunity to give a university lecture as a teaching assistant while working on my Master’s degree. My supervisor had to be away, and asked me to lecture in his social organization class, with 180 students. As someone who had always hated giving presentations in class, I was terrified. But 10 minutes into my lecture, I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve since taught courses ranging from deviance to social psychology, with class sizes as small as four and as large as 400. The pleasure I derive from connecting with students has also led me to writing textbooks—first, a book on deviance and social control, and now this book, one that will bring the fascinating world of sociology to those students who, like me, may have never even heard of sociology.

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



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 Month/Multi Term) for Sociology in Action  (ISBN-10: 0176804331 | ISBN-13: 9780176804336)
Online Only Instructor Resources to accompany Sociology in Action  (ISBN-10: 017680479X | ISBN-13: 9780176804794)

Student Supplements

eBook: Sociology in Action  (ISBN-10: 0176853766 | ISBN-13: 9780176853761)
MindTap Instant Access (12 Month/Multi Term) for Sociology in Action  (ISBN-10: 0176804587 | ISBN-13: 9780176804589)