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From the Publisher"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