Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives

Paperback | October 21, 2016

EditorMyra J. Hird, George Pavlich

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Now exploring twenty-four critical questions through chapters written by Canada's top sociologists, the third edition of Questioning Sociology draws students into contemporary sociological debates. With new contributions from experts on important Canadian issues - including global inequality,health, and communication - this latest edition is essential reading for students entering the field.

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Now exploring twenty-four critical questions through chapters written by Canada's top sociologists, the third edition of Questioning Sociology draws students into contemporary sociological debates. With new contributions from experts on important Canadian issues - including global inequality,health, and communication - this latest edit...

Myra J. Hird is a Queen's National Scholar and full professor at Queen's University and the Director of the genera Research Group. Her research involves the exploration of both science and technology as they relate to debates about the constitution of "nature" and "culture," the ontology of sexual difference, and sexuality. Myra has wr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:October 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: Each chapter includes:- Introduction- Review/summary questions- Notes- ConclusionIntroduction: Sociological Questions, George Pavlich and Myra J. HirdPart One: Subjections1. Am I Free?, George PavlichIntroductionSociology and Liberal Images of FreedomAn Alternative View of Individual FreedomConclusion: Am I Free?2. Who Am I? Who Can I Become?, Dawn H. Currie and Deirdre M. KellyPolicing Conventional GirlhoodBeing "Who You Are": Challenging Convention"Playing with Gender" Online: The Limits of Individual Resistance3. Why Be Queer?, Barry D. AdamMinoritizing, UniversalizingDisciplining Gender and AffectionConclusion: Queer = Freedom4. How Do We Think About Mental Illness?, Erin DejHow Do We "Know" Mental Illness?Deinstitutionalization: Ideas and RealityThe Development of the Mad Movement5. Does "the Family" Exist?, Catherine KrullSituating the "Traditional" FamilyLegacy of Privileging the Nuclear FamilyCanada's Family DiversityConclusion: Families Exist and They Still MatterPart Two: Social Questions6. Is Social Welfare Viable?, Lois HarderDefining Social WelfareThe Keynesian Welfare StateThe Crisis of the Welfare StateAfter the Welfare StateThe New Social Welfare7. What Are Social Determinants of Health?, Elaine M. PowerSituating the Social Determinants of HealthHow the Social Determinants of Health Get under Our SkinA Life Course Approach to the Social Determinants of HealthConclusion: What to do?8. How Do Immigrants Integrate?, Lori WilkinsonSome Important Demographics of Immigration in CanadaWhat Do Immigrants Do in Canada?9. What Are the Challenges of Economic Transition? Exploring the Consequences of Regional Dynamics and Global Shifts, Jennifer JarmanUnemployment and Underemployment in Atlantic CanadaOut-Migration and Atlantic CommunitiesWill a "New Economy" Keep Young People in the Region?Service Sector Employment versus Work in Traditional IndustriesThe Call Centre Industry in Atlantic Canada10. What Is Communication?, Sandra Robinson (NEW)Understanding CommunicationModels of CommunicationDoing Communication Studies11. How Does Media Transform Society?, Daniel DownesThe Context of Mass CommunicationApproaches to Media StudyWhat Happened to the Old Media?Characteristics of New Media SystemsMobility and the Third ScreenConcerns and Criticisms about New Media12. Should Policing Be Privatized?, Curtis ClarkePolicing: A Brief ExplanationThe Shifting Landscape of PolicingA Question of Public GoodA Reconfigured Connection between State and Policing13. What Do Official Statistics Tell Us about Ourselves?, Nob DoranEveryday Knowledge versus Official Statistics: Learning from EthnomethodologyEveryday Power Relations within "Official Statistics": Learning from Feminist Scholarship14. Who Governs Canada?, Dawn MooreIntroduction: What Is Governance?What 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?Part Three: Critical Sociological Imaginations15. How Do We Help the Environment?, Myra J. Hird (NEW)What Is an Environmental Issue?Whose Knowledge Gets to Define Environmental Issues?How Are Environmental Issues Governed?Is Sustainability Good for the Environment?16. What Is Sovereignty for Indigenous People?, Vanessa Watts (NEW)Social Implications and the Kainere'ko:waSocial Theory and Indigenous SovereigntiesSovereignty: From Turtle Island to Geneva17. What Is Sovereignty in Quebec?, Philippe Couton(Un)natural IndependenceWhat Is a Nation?Evolution toward Independence?Is Nationalism an Ideology?Sovereignty to Post-Sovereignty18. Is There Justice for Young People?, Bryan HogeveenWhat Is Justice?Justice and the Poor?Justice and Indigenous Youth?Justice for Girls?Voices of Youth?19. Women and Prison: Who and Why?, Kelly Hannah-MoffatNumber and Characteristics of Women in Canadian PrisonsPathways into Crime and PrisonGender-Specific Approaches20. How Is Aging a Critical Sociological Problem?, Stephen Katz (NEW)The Aging Population and the Problem of Apocalyptic DemographyThe Life Course and the Problem of the Aging BodyGeneration and the Problem of the Commercialization of "Boomers"Gendered Aging and the Problem of the Gendered Life CourseConclusions and Future Trends21. What Is Global Inequality?, Amy Kaler (NEW)Introduction: "Everybody's different"InequalityInequityWhy Does Inequity Exist?Global Inequalities and InequitiesComparing InequalitiesChanging Global InequalitiesConclusion: Pressing Inequities22. What Use Is Social Theory?, R.A. SydieWhat Is Social Theory?What Do Theorists Do?Postmodern Social Theory?And So, What Is the Use of Social Theory?23. What Questions Has Sociology Deserted?, Lorne Tepperman (with the assistance of Zoe Sebastien)Some BackgroundSome Deserted TopicsThe Resurgence of Some Deserted Topics24. What Does the Future Hold for Canadian Sociology?, George Pavlich (NEW)I: Sociology's Fascination with the FutureII: Imagining a Coming Crisis: Administrative Sociology and Critical EncountersIII: Imagining Sociology's Futures TodayConclusionReview/Summary QuestionsGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"Each chapter successfully addresses key sociological issues of our time and links them to everyday life issues." --Sandria Officer, Seneca College