Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada, Fourth Edition

Overview

What's happening behind the scenes of our everyday lives? Why are there winners and losers in society, haves and have-nots? How do aspects of difference - race, class, gender, age - shape our identities, and our experiences? How do structural forces influence local realities?Getting Started begins with a morning cup of coffee and visits the supermarket and the drive-through, the family room and the Internet. Along the way it unpacks a wide range of contemporary social issues. Countering information overload and ...
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Overview

What's happening behind the scenes of our everyday lives? Why are there winners and losers in society, haves and have-nots? How do aspects of difference - race, class, gender, age - shape our identities, and our experiences? How do structural forces influence local realities?Getting Started begins with a morning cup of coffee and visits the supermarket and the drive-through, the family room and the Internet. Along the way it unpacks a wide range of contemporary social issues. Countering information overload and overwhelming problems, the social analysis approach builds insight and confidence. In a world where individual solutions are increasingly commonplace, Getting Started promotes collective action and social justice.Preserving its unique approach to social literacy, this completely revised and updated edition offers a wealth of new statistics, examples, and resources. Chapters on globalization, work, and new technology address momentous changes of the past decade.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The newest edition of Getting Started on Social Analysis is as up-to-date as the Romanow Report. And it remains what it has always been: a well written and plain-talking primer on social issues and social analysis which has won approval not only from the church-based social justice groups for which it was originally designed but from University professors looking for an alternative to Introductory textbooks that strive to dryly survey every institution in society. At the same time, the newest edition of Getting Started benefits from a notable increase in the depth of theorizing about social issues and a richer discussion of social theory. University readers familiar with the book will find an updated version of what they have always liked in this unique and venerable book, and a pleasant surprise in the increased attention give to the analytical needs of those using the book to spark the 'sociological imagination' of their students."
--Dr. Michael Clow, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, N.B.

"an excellent text for introducing students to important social issues in Canada while, simultaneously, helping them develop their critical analysis skills."
-- Dr. Vicki L. Nygaard, Sociology, University of Victoria, Author of Social Problems in a Diverse Society

"Providing students with a basic framework of social justice is a daunting task in today's world, given the accelerated nature--and the urgency--of the global and local issues that we are faced with. The fourth edition of Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada accomplishes just that--it helps to promote a sense of agency to readers, by providing them with the tools to understand what is happening around us, and to work towards social change."
--Bonita Lawrence, Queen's University

"This new edition successfully brings together in one handy package topical issues of serious concern to activists and newcomers to social movement activities. It contains the necessary analytical tools for understanding our world so we can change it. Teachers and facilitators whose passion is involving others in a political project for social justice and change will find this an invaluable resource."
--Maureen MacDonald, MLA, Nova Scotia; Professor, The Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie

"Finally an introduction to sociology textbook that will challenge my students to think critically but taking it a step further and challenging them to take action to realize a more just and equitable society. Addresses key social issues and problems in clear language, topics of concern that students and other Canadians face today. Excellent resources and discussion questions."
--E. Wilma van der Veen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, St.Mary's University, Halifax, NS

"Excellent, just what we have been waiting for ... With updated facts and figures, this fourth edition builds on the successful social analysis approach of the earlier editions. The expanded resource list, now including websites is an excellent help. Getting Started is the best introduction to contemporary social issues and working for social justice in Canada available today."
--Bob McKeon, Theology and Social Ethics, Newman Theological College, University of Alberta Edmonton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896357775
  • Publisher: Between the Lines
  • Publication date: 4/7/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Swift is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Ideas series, and the author of numerous books, among them Civil Society in Question and Walking the Union Walk: Stories from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.

Jacqueline M. Davies teaches in the Philosophy and Women's Studies departments at Queen's University, Kingston. She is the co-author of Good Reasons for Better Arguments, a textbook in critical thinking.

Robert G. Clarke, a freelance editor and writer, is a co-creator of Wild Garden: Art, Education, and the Culture of Resistance, by dian marino.

Michael Czerny S.J. is Co-ordinator of the African Jesuit AIDS Network, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Artist/illustrator Philip Street works with CBC Television. His acclaimed comic strip, "Fisher," runs daily in The Globe and Mail.

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Table of Contents


Preface

Introduction
Chapter One: Welcome to Social Analysis

Issues in the Everyday
Chapter Two: In Sickness and in Health
Chapter Three: No Place Like Home
Chapter Four: Lost in the Supermarket
Chapter Five: The Brave New World of Work

Reflection
Chapter Six: Social Analysis Again

The World Around Us
Chapter Seven: Energy and the Environment
Chapter Eight: Technology from Past to Future
Chapter Nine: Globalization and Development

Reflection
Chapter Ten: Media and Ideology

People and Perspectives
Chapter Eleven: Aging-Out of Sight
Chapter Twelve: A Home and Native Land
Chapter Thirteen: A Woman's Place

Conclusion
Chapter Fourteen: We Have Just Begun

Notes

Index

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