Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives

Paperback | February 17, 2012

EditorMyra J. Hird, George Pavlich

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Now in a second edition, Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives is a contributed collection of twenty-three essays by prominent Canadian scholars. Each essay addresses a provocative sociological question and encourages students to think critically about key issues that impact theireveryday lives. Focusing on Canadian cases and examples throughout, the second edition includes new chapters on family, mental illness, the environment, media, and more. Stimulating, engaging, and relevant, this innovative volume is essential reading for students new to the discipline.

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Now in a second edition, Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives is a contributed collection of twenty-three essays by prominent Canadian scholars. Each essay addresses a provocative sociological question and encourages students to think critically about key issues that impact theireveryday lives. Focusing on Canadian cases and ex...

Myra J. Hird is a professor of sociology at Queen's University. She is currently the graduate studies coordinator. Myra has written several books, including Sociology for the Asking: An Introduction to Sociology for New Zealand (OUP Australia 2003), Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives (OUP 2007), and Sociology of Science: A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:February 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

George C. Pavlich and Myra J. Hird: Introduction: Sociological QuestionsWhat is Sociology?Sociologists and the Sociological ImaginationThe Sociological Imagination and Other DisciplinesThree Sociological ApproachesWhy the Questions?Part I: Subjective Troubles1. George C. Pavlich: Am I Free?IntroductionSociology and Liberal Images of FreedomAn Alternative View of Individual FreedomConclusion: Am I Free?2. Dawn H. Currie and Deirdre M. Kelly: Who Am I? Who Can I Become?IntroductionPolicing Conventional Girlhood: Popular GirlsBeing 'Who You Are': Alternative GirlsTransforming Girlhood? From Personal to Social ChangeIndividualism and the Limits of ReflexivityConclusionThe Girls (In Alphabetical Order)3. Myra J. Hird: Am I a Woman?IntroductionDividing Sex and GenderThe Two-Sex Distinction: SexThe Two-Sex Distinction: GenderConclusion: Recognizing Sex/Gender/Sexuality Diversity4. Barry D. Adam: Why Be Queer?IntroductionMinoritizing, UniversalizingDisciplining Gender and AffectionConclusion: Queer = Freedom5. Stephen Katz: How Are Emotions Social?IntroductionThe Emotions in SociologyEmotional Labour and Feeling RulesThe Social Making of EmotionsConclusion: Other Ways to Feel6. Erin Dej: What Does Mental Illness Mean? (NEW!)IntroductionHow Do We 'Know' Mental Illness?Deinstitutionalization: Ideas and RealityThe Development of the Mad MovementConclusion7. Catherine Krull: Does 'The Family' Exist? (NEW!)IntroductionSituating the 'Traditional Family'Legacy of Privileging the Nuclear FamilyCanada's Family DiversityConclusion: Families Exist and They Still MatterPart II: Imagining the Social8. Annette Burfoot: What Is Social Reality?IntroductionBack to the Future: Cultural Studies from the Sociology of CultureThe Rise of Popular Culture from Youth StudiesTheoretical Underpinnings of Cultural Studies: Post-structuralismSociology of CultureConclusion9. Daniel Downes: What's 'New' About the New Media Landscape? (NEW!)IntroductionThe Context of Mass CommunicationApproaches to Media StudyWhat Happened to the Old Media?Characteristics of New Media SystemsConclusion10. R. A. Sydie: What Use is Social Theory?IntroductionWhat is Social Theory?What Do Theorists Do?Postmodern Social Theory?And So What Is the Use of Social Theory?Conclusion11. Rob Beamish: Does the Past Matter in Sociology?IntroductionReviving the Ancient OlympicsImmediate Challenges to Coubertin's ProjectThe Nazi OlympicsOlympic Principles and the Reality of Cold War SportCold War Sport: East German versus West GermanThe Rest of the Road to SeoulConclusion12. Nob Doran: What Do Official Statistics Tell Us About Ourselves?IntroductionEveryday Knowledge versus Official Statistics: Learning from EthnomethodologyEveryday Power Relations within Official Statistics: Learning from Feminist ScholarshipClass-based Experiential Knowledge versus 'Official Statistics'Conclusion13. Lois Harder: Is Social Welfare Viable?IntroductionDefining Social WelfareThe Keynesian Welfare StateThe Crisis of the Welfare StateAfter the Welfare StateThe New Social WelfareConclusion14. Dawn Moore: Who Governs Whom in Canada?IntroductionWhat Are the Different Ways We Can Think about Governance?Who Has the Right to Govern?How Do We Control the Right to Govern?What If You Don't Want to Be Governed in a Specific Way?ConclusionPart III: Critical Imaginations and Canada15. Bryan Hogeveen: Is There Justice for Young People?IntroductionWhat Is Justice?Justice and the Poor?Justice and Indgienous Youth?Justice for Girls?Voices of Youth?Conclusion16. Curtis Clarke: Should Policing Be Privatized?IntroductionPolicing: A Brief ExplanationThe Shifting Landscape of PolicingA Question of Public GoodA Reconfigured Connection between State and PolicingLegitimate CoercionConclusion17. Kelly Hannah-Moffat: Why Are Women Going to Prison? (NEW!)IntroductionNumber and Characteristics of Women in PrisonsEconomic Marginalization and Street LifeViolence and Formative YearsMental HealthGender-specific ApproachesThe Revolving Door: Reintegration and Continued Social MarginalityConclusion18. Patricia Monture: What Is Sovereignty for Indigenous People?IntroductionChallenging Myths, Stereotypes, and DiscriminationSociological Understanding of Indigenous SovereigntyConclusion19. Philippe Couton: What Is Sovereignty in Quebec?Introduction(Un)natural IndependenceWhat Is a Nation?Evolution toward Independence?Is Nationalism an Ideology?Sovereignty to Post-sovereigntyConclusion20. Jennifer Jarman: What Are the Challenges of Economic Transition?IntroductionUnemployment and Underemployment in Maritime CanadaThe Brain Drain and Maritime CommunitiesThe Rise of the Call Centre IndustryWhat Is a Call Centre?Service Sector Employment versus Work in Traditional IndustriesAssessing the Fit of the Industry for the Maritime RegionConclusion21. Randy Lippert and Patrick Lalonde: How Do Migrants Become Canadian Citizens?IntroductionThe Governance of Immigration and CitizenshipBecoming a MigrantOther Migrants: Sex-Trade WorkersFrom Migrant to CitizenWays of Making Citizens: Technologies of CitizenshipResistance and SanctuaryConclusion22. Lisa Cockburn and Mark Vardy: How Social Is the Environment? (NEW!)IntroductionWhat Is the Environment?What Can We Do About Environmental Problems?A Question of Politics and ScienceA Question of the Economy?Conclusion23. Lorne Tepperman: What Questions Has Sociology Deserted? (NEW!)IntroductionSome BackgroundSome Deserted QuestionsConclusionList of ContributorsGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"I think the major strengths of Questioning Sociology are the quality of the writing of the contributors and its potential as a vehicle to encourage students to think sociologically. I found all of the readings to be outstanding. . . . I particularly like the use of questions for chapterheadings because our focus in sociology is indeed on asking questions and realizing that there is NO ONE answer." --Linda Henderson, University of Calgary