Introduction to Sociology – 2nd Canadian Edition
William Little, University of Victoria
Ron McGivern, Thompson Rivers University
Pub Date: 2016
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Quite comprehensive. Each chapter is quite lengthy and not only addresses the standard topics covered in Intro to Soc courses, but goes above and read more
Quite comprehensive. Each chapter is quite lengthy and not only addresses the standard topics covered in Intro to Soc courses, but goes above and beyond. At first I was concerned that there was no separate chapter on poverty or social class, but these concepts are well integrated into the chapter on social inequality. Each chapter ends with definitions of the key terms, which have been bolded throughout the chapter, and with brief summaries of each section. Additionally, each chapter includes a review quiz for students, including answers. Multiple, high quality "short answer" questions have been provided for each chapter, though these would be more useful for homework assignments, in-class discussion generators or group work than test questions.
I see no issues with this text's accuracy.
The content is very relevant to students. Examples of key concepts are used liberally, and in engaging ways, including people's personal stories. The author encourages students to interact with the material and with sociology through his writing style, such as using the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to illustrate political concepts. As a teacher in a community college in the United States, I'm quite sure my students would find the Canadian focus not only relevant, but interesting. Additionally, there is a substantial amount of statistics on North America in general, and the U.S. specifically.
Very clearly written and includes well-explained concepts such as neoliberalism.
Very consistent structure and framework across chapters.
For those who like to supplement assigned chapters with articles or other sources, this text is very easily broken up since it's sectioned off and well-organized. As noted in the book's preface, "This textbook is organized on Connexions (http://cnx.org) as a collection of modules that can be rearranged and modified to suit the needs of a particular professor or class. That being said, modules often contain references to content in other modules, as most topics in sociology cannot be discussed in isolation."
Quite well organized. It is quite similar in content flow to most introductory textbooks.
Very well organized and displayed. Visual choices are appropriate and interesting.
I only found a missing "the" in one section. Otherwise, impeccable.
Makes use of some quality examples that are inclusive of a variety of groups; for example, the explanation of trans folks in the gender chapter is well done and some chapters foreground a global perspective. For example, this is the first textbook I've come across that notes the first sociologist was the Berber scholar Ibn Khaldun. More diversity in examples and in images in the second half of the text would make this section stronger. For example, including sections on variations in religious and political behaviors and experiences by class, gender and race.
Very well done. A lot of research and planning went into the creation of this textbook. We are lucky it is an OER.
The text has 22 comprehensive chapters, from the opening Introduction to Sociology, through key areas such as Gender and Sex, Race and Ethnicity, read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each chapter keeps to a common structure, creating a sense of familiarity that aids overall clarity.
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.
The book is very well organized. The sections summaries at the end of each chapter provide a useful review as do the quizzes.
The interface is excellent. The text is highly readable, with clear and colorful images and effective hyperlinks.
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.
Table of Contents
About the Book
- Chapter 1. An Introduction to Sociology
- Chapter 2. Sociological Research
- Chapter 3. Culture
- Chapter 4. Society and Modern Life
- Chapter 5. Socialization
- Chapter 6. Groups and Organizations
- Chapter 7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
- Chapter 8. Media and Technology
- Chapter 9. Social Inequality in Canada
- Chapter 10. Global Inequality
- Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity
- Chapter 12. Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
- Chapter 13. Aging and the Elderly
- Chapter 14. Marriage and Family
- Chapter 15. Religion
- Chapter 16. Education
- Chapter 17. Government and Politics
- Chapter 18. Work and the Economy
- Chapter 19. The Sociology of the Body: Health and Medicine
- Chapter 20. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
- Chapter 21. Social Movements and Social Change
- Chapter 22: Social Interaction
About the Authors
2nd Canadian Edition Changes
About the Book
Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.
For the student, this book is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today’s global socially networked world, the topic of Sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, students will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of Sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.
For instructors, this text is intended for a one-semester introductory course and includes these features:
- Sociological Research: Highlights specific current and relevant research studies.
- Sociology in the Real World: Ties chapter content to student life and discusses sociology in terms of the everyday.
- Big Picture: Features present sociological concepts at a national or international level.
- Case Study: Describes real-life people whose experiences relate to chapter content.
- Social Policy and Debate: Discusses political issues that relate to chapter content.
- Section Summaries distill the information in each section for both students and instructors down to key, concise points addressed in the section.
- Key Terms are bold and are followed by a definition in context. Definitions of key terms are also listed in the Key Terms, which appears at the end of each chapter.
- Section Quizzes provide opportunities to apply and test the information students learn throughout each section. Both multiple-choice and short-response questions feature a variety of question types and range of difficulty.
- Further Research: This feature helps students further explore the section topic and offers related research topics that could be explored.
About the Contributors
Dr. William Little is an adjunct assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Victoria where he has taught sociology since 1996. He is also an open learning faculty member in Sociology and Anthropology at Thompson Rivers University. He has taught online open learning courses at TRU since 2011. Dr. Little’s research interests include contemporary social theory, media and popular culture, political violence and neonazism, and the biopolitics of healing practices. His work on neonazism and violence has been published in New German Critique, the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and in several edited collections.
Ron McGivern is the senior lecturer in Sociology and Associate Dean of Arts at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. His work focuses on applied sociology, social marketing, and policy analysis. Mr. McGivern is a champion of open access, open learning, and open scholarship. Most of his courses incorporate free open textbooks or open educational resources in place of published texts. When not “committing sociology”, Mr. McGivern is working on his hobby farm trying to keep up with chickens, ducks, sheep, steers, horses, and grandchildren.