The Sense of Sociability: How People Overcome the Forces Pulling Them Apart

Hardcover | April 27, 2010

byLorne Tepperman

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Are human beings a species in constant need of firm, aggressive government to save us from ourselves? Or are we fundamentally sociable beings, woven together in a complex array of networks, interdependent and willing to work together? The Sense of Sociability is a modern, highly readable, andoften idiosyncratic look at human sociability by one of Canada's top sociologists. Lorne Tepperman explores why we have difficulty getting along, and why in spite of these difficulties we still manage for the most part to live together. Without interference from poor government and other maligninfluences, he argues, people can work out a great deal of their lives themselves. Tepperman, one of Canada's foremost sociologists, sees it as his job to look at our "unwashed" history to reveal how ordinary people doing ordinary things is the process that makes human history.

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Are human beings a species in constant need of firm, aggressive government to save us from ourselves? Or are we fundamentally sociable beings, woven together in a complex array of networks, interdependent and willing to work together? The Sense of Sociability is a modern, highly readable, andoften idiosyncratic look at human sociabilit...

Lorne Tepperman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from Harvard and a certificate in population studies from Princeton. Apart from serving as Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Yale, he has spent his career at U of T (from which he graduated with an honours BA in 1965). He served as Chair of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.31 inPublished:April 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195439295

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction1. Social Life: The Material Backdrop2. Social Structures3. Women and Men4. Age Groups5. Race and Ethnic Groups6. Classes and Workplaces7. Regions, Nations, and Empires8. Families9. Education10. Media and Mass Communication11. Churches and Religion12. Politics and Ideologies13. Ordinary People Doing Ordinary ThingsBibliographic EssayWorks CitedIndex