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Chapter 1: Sociology: Its Purposes, Theories, and Research Applications

Alberta 2010

IDEAS contributing producer Susan Cardinal reports from a symposium at the University of Calgary, where the speakers look into the future, a future troubled by profound economic and social change.

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Chapter 2: Culture and Change

Lafontaine-Baldwin Lecture Series: ‘A Blueprint for the City of Justice’

In the seventh annual Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium, celebrated Canadian author George Elliot Clarke explores Canada’s multicultural roots and confronts the critical issues facing Canada’s diverse cities today: ethnic disaffection, violence, and poverty. The Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium is Canada’s pre-eminent national forum for the discussion of the future of democracy in Canada.

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Chapter 3: Socialization

Education Debates, Part 11: ‘Common Culture, Multi-Culture’

Is common education crucial to a common culture, or can separate education also sustain citizenship? Philosopher Charles Taylor explains why ‘the politics of recognition’ is an inescapable feature of modern existence.

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Chapter 5: Deviance

The Ideas of Theodore Dalrymple

Is British society Western civilization’s ‘canary in the mine’? A British psychiatrist and writer tracers the descent of a culture towards wanton self-destructiveness and alerts us to the new face of barbarism.

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Chapter 8: Ethnic and Race Relations

Neighbours

Toronto is a multicultural city, a social experiment with an invisible rulebook and a rapidly disappearing dominant culture. Sun-Kyung Yi asks people from many communities what they think of each other, of themselves, and what ‘Canadian values’ might be.

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Chapters 9 (Families and Intimate Relationships) and 10 (Health Issues)

Parent Care, Part 1

Our population, as we frequently hear, is aging. Increasingly, middle-aged children look after their parents. If there are siblings, one sister or brother often does everything, while other siblings do less (or nothing at all). Maria Gould examines how and why siblings take on these roles. From collaborative to combative, family patterns are always political.

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Chapter 11: Education

Education Debates, Part 11: ‘Common Culture, Multi-Culture’

Is common education crucial to a common culture, or can separate education also sustain citizenship? Philosopher Charles Taylor explains why ‘the politics of recognition’ is an inescapable feature of modern existence.

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Chapter 12: Work and the Economy

Alberta 2010

IDEAS contributing producer Susan Cardinal reports from a symposium at the University of Calgary, where the speakers look into the future, a future troubled by profound economic and social change.

'Progress Myth'

A talk by Heather Menzies about globalization, downscaling people, and upscaling technology. 'The environment that sustains us with jobs and with public health, education, and culture isn’t just being restructured and downsized; it’s being pulled out from under our feet'.

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Chapter 13: Mass Media and Communication

'Progress Myth'

A talk by Heather Menzies about globalization, downscaling people, and upscaling technology. 'The environment that sustains us with jobs and with public health, education, and culture isn’t just being restructured and downsized; it’s being pulled out from under our feet'.

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Chapter 14: Religion in Canada

'Women, Religion, and Rights'

Speaking at a recent symposium sponsored by the Sheldon Chumir foundation for Ethics and Leadership, Janice Stein, director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, takes on the topic of religious polarization in democratic societies. Any balance between individual and collective rights becomes contentious, she argues, when religion, culture, and women’s right intersect.

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Chapter 15: Politics and Social Movements

'Issuing Redress'

In the second annual UBC National Multiculturalism Lecture, Roy Miki looks at the issue of redress concerning the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II.

'Todd Gitlin in Conversation'

In such books as Inside Prime Time, The Sixties, and The Twilight of Common Dreams, Todd Gitlin examines the possibilities and limits of social movements and analyzes the role of mass media in shaping US political culture. A thoughtful partisan of the New Left, he is distressed by the Left’s abandonment of universal principles in favour of ‘identity politics’. In conversation with Jill Eisen, Gitlin discusses how this came to be and what the implications are.

'Alberta 2010'

IDEAS contributing producer Susan Cardinal reports from a symposium at the University of Calgary, where the speakers look into the future, a future troubled by profound economic and social change.

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Chapter 16: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment

Lafontaine-Baldwin Lecture Series: 'A Blueprint for the City of Justice'

In the seventh annual Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium, celebrated Canadian author George Elliot Clarke explores Canada’s multicultural roots and confronts the critical issues facing Canada’s diverse cities today: ethnic disaffection, violence, and poverty. The Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium is Canada’s pre-eminent national forum for the discussion of the future of democracy in Canada.

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Chapter 17: Sociology: Its Purposes, Theories, and Research Applications

Alberta 2010

IDEAS contributing producer Susan Cardinal reports from a symposium at the University of Calgary, where the speakers look into the future, a future troubled by profound economic and social change.

Massey Lectures: 'Race Against Time'

Stephen Lewis offers compelling insight into the problems that continue to threaten humankind—poverty, hunger, gender and class inequality—and a hopeful glimpse of a solution on the horizon. This is a heartfelt plea, an examination of the depth of these challenges and a recipe for banishing them.

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Student Study Guide

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen


Online Chapter

The Social Aspects of Aging: written by Lynn McDonald (University of Toronto)