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
Chapter 3: The Constitutional Years and Their Aftermath
Chapter 4: The Return of the Nation
PART 2: CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES
Chapter 5: The Making of English Canada
Chapter 6: English Canada in Transition
Chapter 7: From Colony to Nation—to Colony?
Chapter 8: Canada in a Neo-Liberal (and Post-Neo-Liberal?) World
PART 3: CANADA AND THE INDIGENOUS NATIONS
Chapter 9: When Cultural Worlds Collide
Chapter 10: Keepers of the North
Chapter 11: The Fight for Justice
Chapter 12: New Learning Paths
Conclusion: Canada in the World and in the Future
Appendix 1: Canadian Federal Election Results since Confederation
Appendix 2: Canadian Prime Ministers, Governments, and Major Policies since Confederation
Trevor W. Harrison is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and director of the Parkland Institute. His areas of specialization include Canadian society, political economy, and public policy.
John W. Friesen is Professor of Education at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. His research interests include teacher education, ethnic studies, and Indigenous education.
“This is the best and most readable text on Canadian society. It takes a fresh look at current issues including the pandemic and the climate emergency and delves into the tensions and dynamics that shaped Canada: (1) the dialogue and tensions between Quebeckers and English-speaking Canadians, (2) the dominant, sometimes dominating relationship with the United States, and (3) relations, tensions, and equity issues between non-Indigenous Canadians and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. No other text focuses on these key themes.”
—Gordon Laxer, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, University of Alberta, and author of After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians
“This book offers an original discussion of Canadian affairs from the beginning until today. The book is most impressive in its ability to illuminate a broad range of historical events, social trends, and modern-day issues with the help of sociological concepts drawn from Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and contemporary social theorists. It does all of this in a compact, accessible, and engaging package. Students will love it.”
—Daniel Marien, Associate Lecturer, School of Politics, Security and International Affairs, University of Central Florida
The instructor resource for Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Fourth Edition contains a test bank with questions for each chapter, including multiple choice, true or false, short answer, and essay questions.
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