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New Society, 9th Edition

  • Robert J. Brym
  • ISBN-10: 0176889094
  • ISBN-13: 9780176889098
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2014, 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

New Society is an introductory sociology textbook overseen and edited by bestselling author Robert Brym, with contributed chapters by 15 well-respected sociological experts. Social problems are complex and controversial, and New Society is prided on its ability to build excitement for students around sociology as an academic discipline. New Society focuses on social issues that will resonate with undergraduate students and are a part of their everyday lives. The ninth edition includes important emergent topics in the field, and authors purposefully highlight controversies in order to stimulate class discussions and further engage students.


  • Chapter objectives presented at the beginning of each chapter prepare students to think critically and to absorb the material.

  • The text features 15 Canadian Sociology researchers and experts as contributors, edited by Robert Brym to create a harmonious voice.

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: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introducing Sociology - Robert Brym, University of Toronto
Chapter 2: Research Methods - Neil Guppy, University of British Columbia

Part Two: Culture
Chapter 3: Culture - Robert Brym, University of Toronto
Chapter 4: Socialization - Lisa Strohschein, University of Alberta
Chapter 5: Gender and Sexualities - Marisa Young and Tina Fetner, McMaster University
Chapter 6: Communication and Mass Media - Sonia Bookman, University of Manitoba

Part Three: Inequality
Chapter 7: Social Stratification - Michelle Maroto and Harvey Krahn, University of Alberta
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Relations - Vic Satzewich, McMaster University
Chapter 9: Development, Underdevelopment, and Globalization - Anthony Winson, University of Guelph

Part Four: Institutions
Chapter 10: Families – Amber Gazso, York University, and Karen Kobayashi, University of Victoria
Chapter 11: Education - Scott Davies, OISE, University of Toronto
Chapter 12: Religion - Reginald W. Bibby, University of Lethbridge

Part Five: Change and Conflict
Chapter 13: Deviance and Crime - Julian Tanner, University of Toronto
Chapter 14: Health and Aging - Margaret J. Penning, University of Victoria
Chapter 15: Politics and Social Movements - Robert Brym, University of Toronto

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly revised and updated to include important emergent topics in the field of sociology, including: Governments and big data, intersectionality theory, advertising and identity, precarious work, legalization of cannabis, cycles of democracy and reaction and polyamory and the law.
  • There are 30 Critical Sociology features in the book, 18 of which are new to this edition.


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

Instructor Supplements

eBook: New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892125 | ISBN-13: 9780176892128)
VitalSource eBook: New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892133 | ISBN-13: 9780176892135)
Student Companion Site for Brym's New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892117 | ISBN-13: 9780176892111)
Instructor's Resources for Brym's New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892109 | ISBN-13: 9780176892104)
New Society, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 0176892095 | ISBN-13: 9780176892098)

Student Supplements

eBook: New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892125 | ISBN-13: 9780176892128)
Student Companion Site for Brym's New Society  (ISBN-10: 0176892117 | ISBN-13: 9780176892111)
New Society, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 0176892095 | ISBN-13: 9780176892098)