Rethinking Society in the 21st Century: Critical Readings in Sociology / Edition 1

Rethinking Society in the 21st Century: Critical Readings in Sociology / Edition 1

by Michelle Webber
     
 

Rethinking Society in the 21st Century is a unique collection of thirty-three readings that fills a critical void in Introductory Sociology in Canada. This engaging and thought-provoking book weaves together feminist, class-conscious and anti-racist approaches to the study of Introductory Sociology for Canadian students. One of the many strengths of this bold new… See more details below

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Rethinking Society in the 21st Century is a unique collection of thirty-three readings that fills a critical void in Introductory Sociology in Canada. This engaging and thought-provoking book weaves together feminist, class-conscious and anti-racist approaches to the study of Introductory Sociology for Canadian students. One of the many strengths of this bold new collection is theory. Rethinking Society balances classical theoretical approaches in sociology -- Durkheim, Marx, and Mills -- with contemporary approaches found in the work of Dorothy smith and Michel Foucault, for example. Following this exemplary grounding, Rethinking Society then introduces the foundations of society -- socialization, social interaction, and culture -- as well as the major social institutions of the family, the economy and labour. Crime, moral regulation and social justice are presented in a progressive light while population, globalization and the New World Order complete this well-rounded introduction to Canadian sociology. The second unique feature of this collection is its extensive coverage of inequality -- specifically, social class, gender, ethnicity, race, age/generation and sexuality. The third distinguishing aspect of Rethinking Society is its pronounced emphasis on Canadian content and its incorporation of feminist theory. Key articles by leading Canadian sociologists and social critics such as Naomi Klein, Margrit Eichler. Meg Luxton, Ann Duffy, Nancy Mandell, Ages Calliste and Susan McDaniel are included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551302355
Publisher:
Canadian Scholars' Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Egoistic suicide6
Ch. 2Manifesto of the Communist Party12
Ch. 3The promise20
Ch. 4Women's perspective as a radical critique of sociology25
Ch. 5Panopticism30
Ch. 6Introduction to Words that wound : critical race theory, assaultive speech and the First Amendment36
Ch. 7Sexism in research47
Ch. 8Learning the student role : kindergarten as academic boot camp62
Ch. 9Preserving a vital and valued self in the face of AIDS68
Ch. 10The right stuff : fashioning an identity through clothing in a junior school81
Ch. 11The cultural context of gender identity : female genital excision and infibulation95
Ch. 12Marriage : then and now111
Ch. 13Family responsibilities : the politics of love and care117
Ch. 14The politics of family and immigration in the subordination of domestic workers in Canada128
Ch. 15Fast-food nation : the true cost of America's diet138
Ch. 16Nurses and porters : racism, sexism and resistance in segmented labour markets145
Ch. 17The growth of poverty and social inequality : losing faith in social justice165
Ch. 18Introduction to New slavery : a reference handbook178
Ch. 19Class and power : the major themes187
Ch. 20The many faces of gender inequality190
Ch. 21Gender and power : society, the person, and sexual politics200
Ch. 22Doing gender203
Ch. 23Circles of disadvantage : aboriginal poverty and underdevelopment in Canada210
Ch. 24Heroes or villains? : and stereotyping as a signifying practice220
Ch. 25The family lives of the middle-aged and elderly in Canada227
Ch. 26The trouble with normal : postwar youth and the making of heterosexuality237
Ch. 27Gays and lesbians of the First Nations247
Ch. 28National security as moral regulation : making the normal and the deviant in the security campaigns against gay men and lesbians258
Ch. 29Legal responses to violence against women in Canada275
Ch. 30Population : delusion and reality294
Ch. 31What's Next? : the movement against global corporatism doesn't need to sign a ten-point plan to be effective312
Ch. 322001 Introduction : terrorism's challenge to democracy318

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