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Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, 5th Edition

  • Robert J. Brym
  • Lance W. Roberts
  • Lisa Strohschein
  • John Lie
  • ISBN-10: 017653203X
  • ISBN-13: 9780176532031
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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Overview

About the Product

With a visually compelling design and an engaging, relevant narrative, Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, Fifth Canadian Edition will inspire the development of your students’ sociological imaginations. 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 to drawing connections between objectivity and subjectivity in research, presenting a more realistic, and therefore intrinsically exciting, account of how sociologists practice their craft, and making the discipline more appealing to students. Tables and graphs are not simply referred to, they are analyzed. Where evidence warrants, some theories are rejected and others endorsed. The author team, using their own personal, diverse backgrounds and global research and experiences, also brings great depth to issues of diversity and globalization. They show how global processes affect local issues and how local issues conversely affect global processes. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World speaks directly to today’s students about important sociological ideas in terms that they understand, making the connection between self and society clear.

Features

  • The authors draw connections between one's self and the social world by illustrating key sociological ideas using fresh examples that resonate deeply with student interests and by developing several pedagogical features to draw the connection between students' experience and the larger social world.

  • "Where Do You Fit In?" is a question students are asked in every chapter. This challenges students to consider how and why their own lives conform to, or deviate from, various patterns of social relations and actions.

  • "It's Your Choice" is a feature of most chapters that sets out public policy alternatives on a range of pressing social issues. It teaches students that sociology can be a matter of the most urgent practical importance. Students also learn they can have a say in the development of public policy.

  • “Social Policy: What Do You Think?” features ask students to think critically and form an opinion about social policy issues by bringing logic and evidence to bear on them. Hot topics ranging from cyber-bullying to the legalization of recreational drugs to the Canadian oil-pipeline debate are covered.

  • Chapter Aims begin each chapter and help frame the content for students, encouraging critical reading.

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.

John Lie

John Lie (pronounced “lee”) was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan and Hawaii, and received his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. His main interests are in social theory and political economy. Currently, he is the C. K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he previously served as the Dean of International and Area Studies. His recent publications include Zainichi (Koreans in Japan) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008) and Modern Peoplehood: On Race, Racism, Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity, paperback ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).

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 Communication
Chapter 19: Health and Medicine

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

New to this edition

  • Eight new “It’s Your Choice” boxes, covering high interest topics such as overseas clothing factories, seasonal migrant workers, and rape culture on campus have been included.
  • “Sociology at the Movies” and, new to this edition, “Sociology on the Tube” features offer sociological insights gleaned from current films and popular television shows and demonstrate sociology’s vitality and relevance to students’ lives. These boxes also encourage students to think critically about the films and television programs they watch.
  • Sixteen new “Sociology at the Movies” boxes, featuring recent films such as 12 Years a Slave, Searching for Sugarman, Food Inc., and Silver Linings Playbook.
  • Twenty new “Sociology on the Tube” boxes, including Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Duck Dynasty, and Toddlers and Tiaras.
  • A new “Time for Review” feature has been added that encourages students to reflect on the sections they have just read before proceeding to the next section

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

Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, 5ce  (ISBN-10: 0176594388 | ISBN-13: 9780176594381)

Student Supplements

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