Starting Points: A sociological journey

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Starting Points is a text that is truly a reflection of its title in that it provides a solid starting point for introductory university-level students delving into the world of sociology for the first time. The text builds on concepts and theories introduced at the beginning of each chapter, moving from historical figures and founding principles to the most current research, literature, and key sociologists in the discipline today. By examining the social trends and phenomena that occur in Canada and around the world, the text provides a comprehensive examination of why studying sociology is important and its application to daily life. Professors will appreciate the differentiation and explanations made between the major sociological perspectives and theories, including functionalist, critical, post-modernist, and feminist theories. Effective and applicable examples used throughout help tie the subject matter into everyday situations students can relate to.

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Lorne Tepperman is professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from Harvard and a certificate in population studies from Princeton. Apart from serving as visiting professor of Canadian studies at Yale, he has spent his career at U of T, from which he graduated with an
honours BA in 1965. He served as chair of the sociology department at U of T from 1997 to 2003. He has also served as president of the Canadian Sociological Association and has received the CSA's Distinguished Contribution Award.

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"The text is well written and engaging. It covers many interesting examples that will promote class discussion and student reflection."

--Erin Steuter, Mount Allison University

"The emphasis on topical discussions brings sociology alive and makes it relevant to the students."

--C. Barry McClinchey, University of Waterloo

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