Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars’ Press
402 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2015
Print ISBN: 9781551307350


Pedagogically rich, this new edition examines Canada’s growth and development in a socio-historical framework and 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. Trevor W. Harrison and John W. Friesen investigate economic, political, cultural, and ideological perspectives through three main relationships: Quebec and Canada, Canada and the United States, and Canada and the Aboriginal Nations. Exploring the unique character of modern Canadian society, this is a vibrant introductory text for sociology courses on Canadian society, as well as undergraduate courses in Canadian studies and Canadian history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Society?

Chapter 1: Living with the Consequences of 1760
Chapter 2: 100 Years of Solitudes
Chapter 3: The Constitutional Years
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 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

Trevor W. Harrison

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.

Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition, Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition, Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Fourth Edition

John W. Friesen

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.

Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition, Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition, Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, Fourth Edition


"An understanding of Canadian society requires a critical analysis informed by history, political economy, and the dynamic process through which we ‘imagine’ our national identities. Harrison and Friesen provide exactly this."
Graham Cook, Sociology Department, Capilano University

"The quality of scholarship, the breadth of coverage, the strength of analysis, and the clear writing make this text ideal for helping students learn about the complexity of Canadian society."
Richard Nimijean, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University

Instructor Resources

When you adopt Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century, you will receive a test bank containing multiple choice questions, true or false questions, short answer questions, and discussion questions for each chapter.

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