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Now in its second edition, Canadian Society in the 21st Century: A Historical Sociological Approach opens up an engaging and much-needed overview of our society, at a level appropriate for a wide range of courses in Canadian Studies, Sociology, and History. This original work examines the growth and development of Canadian society within a socio-historical framework. The authors investigate historical, economic, political, cultural, and ideological perspectives through three key relationships: Quebec and Canada, Canada and the United States, and Canada and the Aboriginal Nations.
- Examines society as a set of relationships that emerge gradually over time as fostered, encouraged, and mediated by a set of institutions, in particular, the state and markets.
- Explores society as the product of an historical narrative - a movie, rather than a snapshot - which enlists many literary devices, including myths, metaphors, symbols, heroes, villains, and tragic figures.
- Identifies the complex relationship between individuals and society. Students are asked to consider to what extent individuals create society, and conversely, to what extent society creates individuals.
Reviews and Comments
"I wish I'd had this book when I taught this course. As the authors ably point out, it is hard to understand present day conflicts and conditions without understanding the forces that led to where we are today."
- Vic Satzewich, McMaster University
"This is the best textbook written on Canadian society. It covers the important themes and tensions that have shaped the nature of our society: (1) How Canada grew out of, and in relationship to, Quebec; (2) How Canada's relationship with the United States has shaped our national identity; and (3) Non-Native Canada's relationship with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. No other text emphasizes these three crucial themes."
- Gordon Laxer, University of Alberta
Trevor W. Harrison is Chair of the Sociology Department, University of Lethbridge. His areas of specialization include Canadian society, political economy, and public policy.
John W. Friesen is in the Education Department, University of Calgary. His research interests include multicultural education, Native education, and applied anthropology.
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Canadian Scholars’ Press gratefully acknowledges financial support for our publishing activities from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.