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.
About the authors
Trevor W. Harrison is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and Director of Parkland Institute. Frank Gay (1920–1982) was a personal friend of the author’s parents; an unforgettable character who once sold Trevor’s dad a National steel guitar that remains in the family.
John W. Friesen, PhD, DMin, is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, where he conducts research in Aboriginal education and teacher training. An ordained clergyman with the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 books.
"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
Other titles by Trevor W. Harrison
Other titles by John W. Friesen
Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition
A Historical Sociological Approach
Could You Live This Way? Would You Live This Way?
An Illustrated Compilation of Idealistic Experiments in North America
And Now You Know
50 Native American Legends
Western Canadian Native Destiny
Complex Questions on the Cultural Maze
Canadian Aboriginal Art and Spirituality
A Vital Link
Even More Legends of the Elders
First Nations in the Twenty-First Century
Contemporary Educational Frontiers
Legends of the Elders
We Are Included!
The Métis People of Canada Realize Riel’s Vision