Sociology 381 is designed to introduce students to one of the most important—and burning—issues of our time: the study of the causes, the conditions, and the consequences of inequality in human societies. It explores inequality through a number of different dimensions—most notably in the forms of economic, social, and political inequality.
Little,William. n. d. “Chapter 9: Social Stratification in Canada.” Introduction to Sociology. 1st Canadian ed. BC Open Textbooks.
Note: Only Chapter 9 is assigned. Please note, too, that you can download the book in a variety of formats.
|Shapiro, Ian. 2002. “Why the Poor Don’t Soak the Rich.” Daedalus 131(1): 118–128.|
Hilton, Rodney. 2003. “Chapter 1: The Nature of Medieval Peasant Economy.” Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381 (pp. 25–62). London: Routledge.
Note: Only Chapter 1 is assigned.
|Carnine, Douglas. 2006. “Chapter 9: Feudal Europe.” World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times (pp. 286–311). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.|
|The Structure of Feudal Society (illustration)|
|Lipset, Seymour Martin. 1985. “Social Stratification and Social-Class Analysis.” Consensus and Conflict: Essays in Political Sociology (pp. 45–79). Transaction Books.|
|Harris, Scott R. (2003). “Critiquing and Expanding the Sociology of Inequality: Comparing Functionalist, Conflict, and Interactionist Perspectives.” Quarterly Journal of Ideology 25: 1–21.|
|There are no online readings for this unit—just a textbook and a video.|
Francis, Diane. 1987. “The Dynasties: The Irvings, The Reichmanns, The Thomsons, The Ghermezians." Controlling Interest: Who Owns Canada? (pp. 17–30, 150–161, 167–173, 204–210). Toronto: McClelland-Bantam.
This reading consists of a series of excerpts from the book Controlling Interest: Who Owns Canada.
|Mcdonald, David. 2014. Outrageous Fortune: Documenting Canada’s Wealth Gap. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.|
CBC News. 2011. “The Rise of the Occupy Movement.” CBC News in Review (December): 6–15.
News in Review pages 6 - 15.
|Lowe, Graham S. 1983. “Jobs and the Labour Market.” Introduction to Sociology: An Alternate Approach (pp. 109–125). Edited by J. P. Grayson. Toronto: Gage Publishing.|
|Sabet, Navid. 2014. “Political Sources of Income Inequality in Canada: The Role of Organised Interests.” The Public Sphere 2014. Crossroads.|
|Clement, Wallace. 1977. “The Corporate Elite, the Capitalist Class, and the Canadian State.” The Canadian State: Political Economy and Political Power (pp. 225–248). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.|
|Breau, Sébastien. 2014. “The Occupy Movement and the Top 1% in Canada.” Antipode 46(1): 13–33.|
|Dennis, Raphael. 2007. “Chapter 1: Poverty and the Modern Welfare State.” Poverty and Policy in Canada: Implications for Health and Quality of Life (pp. 5–26). Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press.|
|Citizens for Public Justice. n. d. “Poverty Trends Scorecard: Canada 2012.” Citizens for Public Justice.|
|Jaggar, Alison M., and Paula S. Rothenberg. 1984. “Theories of Women’s Oppression.” Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations Between Women and Men. 2d ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill.|
|Vincent, Carole. 2013. “Why Do Women Earn Less than Men? A Synthesis of Findings from Canadian Microdata.” CRDCN Synthesis Series. Canadian Research Data Centre Network.|
|Martin, Patricia Yancey. 2003. “‘Said and Done’ versus ‘Saying and Doing’: Gendering Practices, Practicing Gender at Work.” Gender & Society 17(3): 342–366.|
|Access Alliance. 2011. “Labour Market Challenges and Discrimination Faced by Racialized Groups in the Black Creek Area.” Research Bulletin, No. 1. Toronto: Access Alliance.|
|Javorčíková, Jana. 2005. “‘Smiling Discrimination’ in Canadian Society.” The Central European Journal of Canadian Studies 5: 123–131.|
|Loppie, Samantha, Charlotte Reading, and Sarah de Leeuw. 2014. Aboriginal Experiences with Racism. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.|
|Galbraith, James K. 2002. “A Perfect Crime: Inequality in the Age of Globalization.” Daedalus 131(1): 11–25.|