Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
Approx. 450 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
February 2021
Print ISBN: 9781773382203


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

Table of Contents

Note to the Fourth Edition
Introduction: What Is Society?

Chapter 1: Living with the Consequences of 1760
Chapter 2: 100 Years of Solitudes
Chapter 3: The Constitutional Years and Their Aftermath
Chapter 4: The Return of the Nation

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

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


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