Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Fourth Edition

An Historical Sociological Approach

By Trevor W. Harrison, John W. Friesen


Now in its fourth edition, Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century examines Canada’s development and current circumstances in a socio-historical framework. This foundational text encourages students to consider some of the tough questions Canadian citizens are likely to face in adjusting to the demands and challenges of life in the twenty-first century.

Divided into three sections, the text investigates economic, political, cultural, and ideological perspectives through three main relationships: Canada and Quebec, Canada and the United States, and Canada and Indigenous Peoples. Each of these sections deals with large issues impacting all societies in the early 21st century: nationalism, neo-liberalism, and cultural values of social solidarity that persist, despite modernity. The final chapter revisits the importance of socio-historical methods, the roles of state and markets, and sociological theory in a wider context, ending with a look at the sociological implications of the global pandemic.

Exploring the unique character of modern Canadian society, this is a vibrant introductory resource for sociology courses on Canadian society, as well as undergraduate courses in Canadian studies and Canadian history across North America.


  • features updated statistics and data that reflect current scholarship in the field and new discussions on issues such as the current crisis of neo-liberal globalization, Canada’s petroleum industry, global warming, the Wet’suwet’en dispute in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • includes annotated lists of recommended readings, videos, and websites, critical thinking questions, and a newly added glossary
  • integrates sociological concepts in an accessible and engaging way to help students understand the foundations of contemporary Canadian society


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