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Introduction to Sociology: Canadian Version
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Introduction to Sociology: Canadian Version



August 2013 | 808 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
It’s the 21st century and the world is changing. Today’s students have instant access to anyone, anything, anywhere, anytime. They want to be enlightened, entertained, and informed on their terms. They want to be shown the relevance of the introductory sociology course. Who better than George Ritzer, one of sociology’s best known thinkers, and Neil Guppy, a leading Canadian sociologist, to do just that? 

While providing a rock-solid foundation of sociology, their book illuminates traditional sociological concepts and theories, as well as some of today’s most compelling social phenomena: Globalization, consumer culture, and the Internet. Ritzer and Guppy bring students into the conversation by bridging the divide between the outside world and the classroom. The international version of the book by Ritzer has been redesigned with an explicitly Canadian core. The result is this compelling Canadian version featuring George Ritzer’s distinctive voice and style blended with Neil Guppy’s definitive views on Canadian sociology—highlighting the place of Canada in a globalizing world.

 
Ch.1 An Introduction to Sociology in the Global Age
 
Ch.2 Thinking Sociologically
 
Ch. 3 Researching the Social World
 
Ch.4 Culture
 
Ch.5 Socialization and Interaction
 
Ch.6 Organizations, Societies and the Global
 
Ch.7 Deviance and Crime
 
Ch.8 Social Inequality
 
Ch.9 Race, Ethnicity and Ancestry
 
Ch.10 Sex and Gender
 
Ch.11 The Family
 
Ch.12 Politics and the Economy
 
Ch.13 The Body, Medicine, Health and Health Care
 
Ch.14 Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
 
Ch.15 Social Change, Social Movements, and Collective Behaviour
 
Ch.16 Religion and Education

Best book in Canada for Intro Sociology

Mr Neil Guppy
Sociology, Barber Learning Centre
May 27, 2015

The examples and case studies in the text have been useful to further support students in understanding the key concepts and ideas. Adopted as a supplementary text.

Dr Sharmla Rama
School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal
May 22, 2014
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Globalization features throughout expose students to the realities of their changing world.
  • Living Digital features allow students to look more broadly and objectively at the profound effect of the Internet and social media on individuals and society.
  • Public Sociology exhibits in every chapter demonstrate that sociology is more than an academic discipline, an increasing number of sociologists are public sociologists and many journalists/bloggers are influenced by sociological ideas. 
  • McDonaldization Today features in many chapters are “quintessential Ritzer.” These features weave Ritzer’s theory of McDonaldization throughout the book and further help students understand the impact that Western culture (McDonald’s, in particular) has had on the world.
  • Biographical “Bits” in every chapter introduce students to influential classical and contemporary sociologists who have had a major impact on how we think about sociology.
  • Theory is presented in a unique three-category system that is similar to the traditional categories in most introductory sociology texts, but in a much broader format.
  • Global Maps features throughout provide geographical context to the discussion of globalization.

CANADIAN-SPECIFIC FEATURES:
  • The authors have addressed cross-national sociological differences between Canada and the U.S.
  • The unique positions and changing power of Quebeckers and Aboriginal peoples are featured throughout.
  • Canadian research is highlighted at every turn, showing how sociologists contribute to a better, and more complex, understanding of the social world.
  • The roots of Canadian sociology, both in Europe and the United States are highlighted, showing the discipline in its fullest historical and comparative perspective. 

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