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Society in Question 6th Edition, 6th Edition

  • Robert J. Brym
  • ISBN-10: 0176501932
  • ISBN-13: 9780176501938
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2001
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Canada's best-selling introductory sociology reader has articles carefully chosen for their ability to connect the sociological concepts most commonly taught in the classroom to the broader world. Bob Brym’s signature passion for the discipline has him seek out the best in Canadian and international scholarship to showcase a broad range of topics, from ‘Growing Up is Harder to Do,’ to ‘Do Video Games Kill,’ to ‘Bin Laden and Other Thoroughly Modern Muslims’.


  • Combines Canadian and International readings

  • Contains substantial and well-written introductions

  • Combines classical sociological concerns and hot, contemporary issues

  • Includes bonus web articles Includes computerized test bank

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.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Field of Sociology
Chapter 1: Robert J. Brym “Sociology as a Life and Death Issue”
Chapter 2: Neil McLaughlin “Sociology in Canada”
Chapter 3: Scott Davies and David Walters “Careers in Sociology”

Part Two: Foundations of Society
A. Socialization
Chapter 4: Frank F. Furstenberg Jr., Sheela Kennedy, Vonnie C. Mcloyd, Rubén G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Settersten Jr. “Growing Up is Harder to Do”
Chapter 5: Sandy Welsh and Jayne Baker “Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Workplace”
B. Social Structure
Chapter 6: Philip E. Zimbardo “Pathology of Imprisonment”
Chapter 7: Émile Durkheim “Egoistic Suicide”
Chapter 8: Barry Wellman “Connecting Communities: On and Offline”
C. Culture
Chapter 9: Michael S. Kimmel and Rebecca F. Plante “Sexualities”
Chapter 10: Shyon Baumann “Movies, Culture and Society”
Chapter 11: Karen Sternheimer “Do Video Games Kill?”

Part Three: Social Inequality
A. Class and Gender Inequality
Chapter 12: John Myles “Income Inequality and Democracy”
Chapter 13: Ann Duffy and Nancy Mandell “Poverty in Canada”
Chapter 14: Julie Ann McMullin and John Cairney “How Gender, Class, and Age Affect Self-Esteem”
B. Ethnicity and Race
Chapter 15: Hugh Lautard and Neil Guppy “Multiculturalism or Vertical Mosaic? Occupational Stratification Among Canadian Ethnic Groups”
Chapter 16: Jeffrey Reitz “Tapping Immigrants’ Skills”
Chapter 17: Jean-Philippe Warren “French Quebec: The Quiet Revolution and After”

Part Four: Social Institutions
A. Families
Chapter 18: Adam Green “Homosexual Families’”
Chapter 19: Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel “Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States”
B. Politics
Chapter 20: Lawrence LeDuc “The Changing Canadian Electorate”
Chapter 21: Robert J. Brym “Affluence, Power, and Strikes in Canada, 1973-2005”
Chapter 22: Michael Mann and James Ron “Mass Murder: What Causes It? Can It Be Stopped?”

Part Five: Crime
Chapter 23: Scott Wortley and Julian Tanner “The Racial Profiling Debate in Toronto”
Chapter 24: John L. McMullan “News, Truth, and the Problem of Corporate Crime”

Part 6: Globalization and Development
Chapter 25: William I. Robinson, “The Fantasy of Democracy and Development”
Chapter 26: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Climate Change: Analysis and Prospects”

Online Chapter
Chapter 27: Robert J. Brym and Rhonda L. Lenton “Love Online”