Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The text has 22 comprehensive chapters, from the opening Introduction to Sociology, through key areas such as Gender and Sex, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Health and Medicine, etc. Each chapter begins by stating the learning objectives and key terms, and concludes with section summaries and quizzes, suggestions for further research, and references. Each chapter contains colorful photos, tables, and diagrams.
Accuracy rating: 5
The text is well informed through classical sociological theory and current developments. While generally progressive in tone, it is comprehensive in presenting historical and diverse perspectives on things such as crime, social organization, gender, identity, etc.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The book provides a thorough review of past social theory, covering all of the foundational theories (e.g., functionalism, labeling) and figures (Durkheim, Mills), while presenting in a comprehensive and integrated manner current theories (e.g., cyber-bullying, interesectionism). There are some gaps. For example, something on Assemblage theory as recently articulated by Emanuel DeLanda would be a welcome addition. But this is minor omission. Current examples focused on Canada are intermixed with the "big picture" and cross-cultural references.
Clarity rating: 5
Extremely lucid and well written. The text flows well from introducing conceptual information to providing examples from past and current events. The key terms are highlighted and explained in enough detail to help the reader understand the content without becoming tangential.
Consistency rating: 5
Each chapter keeps to a common structure, creating a sense of familiarity that aids overall clarity.
Modularity rating: 5
The chapter sections are generally short, ranging from a few paragraphs to ten. Each section has a prominent and relevant heading/subheading. Special topic sections do not interrupt the flow but rather enhance the subject matter of the chapter and are always relevant and interesting.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The book is very well organized. The sections summaries at the end of each chapter provide a useful review as do the quizzes.
Interface rating: 5
The interface is excellent. The text is highly readable, with clear and colorful images and effective hyperlinks.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
The book is Canada-focused and cognizant of ethnic/racial, gender, as well as class and regional differences. It avoids generalizations beyond those necessary for sociological theory and analysis.
Highly recommended as central text for introductory sociology courses as well as courses in higher level social sciences that seek specific chapters to present introductory concepts.