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New and Recent in Sociology
Indian and Pakistani Transnational Households in Canada

The first study of Gulf South Asians in Canada, Twice Migrated, Twice Displaced reveals the impact of discriminatory labour markets, precarious work, and transnational family relationships on Gulf South Asians in Canada.

Illegalized Mexican Migrants in Canada

North of El Norte examines the policies, practices, and barriers that affect the daily lives of Mexican migrants with precarious status in Canada.

Five Centuries of Colonization in North America

Making and Breaking Settler Space deftly explores how power and space are organized under settler colonialism in order to uncover decolonization opportunities for Indigenous and settler people alike.

Intersectional Technopolitics from Indymedia to #BlackLivesMatter

In an era of social media dominance, Transformative Media reveals the often invisible, transformative media practices of marginalized groups.

The Canadian Case

In a critical analysis of the profound shift to big data practices among intelligence agencies, Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence highlights the challenges for civil liberties, human rights, and privacy protection.

Contesting Infrastructures

Digital Lives in the Global City asks how digital technologies are remaking urban life around the world, from migrant work in Singapore to digital debt in Toronto, illegal buildings in Mumbai, and targeted policing in New York.

Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities

Changing Neighbourhoods offers revealing insights into the way that Canadian cities have grown increasingly unequal and polarized since 1980, identifying the causal factors driving neighbourhood change and their troubling implications.

Building Community in Vancouver
Foreword by David Hulchanski Edited by Miu Chung Yan and Sean R. Lauer

Neighbourhood Houses documents how the neighbourhood house model, a century-old type of community organization, can help overcome isolation in urban neighbourhoods by creating welcoming places.

Race, Privilege, and Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley

White Space offers a compelling analysis of how whiteness sustains settler privilege and maintains social inequity in the BC interior.

Homelessness and Social Exclusion in Canada

A Complex Exile challenges the medicalization of homelessness, which emphasizes individual causes and solutions to homelessness, and argues that we must transform how we respond to homelessness in Canada.

Moral, Legal, and Policy Considerations

Assisted Suicide in Canada provides an accessible, up-to-date introduction to this vitally important topic of ongoing public debate.

The Fight for Living Wage Work in Canada

Rising Up shows how living wage movements have transformed, or are campaigning to transform, labour policy in Canada and stimulated broader public debate about income and social inequality.

How Violence Persists in Settler Colonial Society

Invested Indifference exposes the tenacity of violence against Indigenous people, arguing that some lives are made to matter – or not – depending on their relation to the settler-colonial nation state.

Ethnographic Methods for Local Engagement

The Social Life of Standards reveals how political and technical tools for organizing society are developed, applied, subverted, contested, and reassembled as local communities interact with standards created by external forces.

Activism, Inclusion, and the Challenges of Deliberative Democracy investigates the failure of deliberative democracy to acknowledge the democratic contribution of activism, offering an alternative theoretical approach that makes a key distinction between contributing to and deliberating with.

Community Programs for Criminalized Women

Do community programs offer an effective alternative to imprisonment for women within the criminal justice system? A Better Justice? sets out the case.

Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety

The Juggling Mother upends popular representations of the supermom, showing her to be a cultural construction and the model neoliberal worker.

Infant Food Insecurity in a Rich Nation

Out of Milk reveals the experiences of mothers struggling to feed their children and the policy gaps that put babies at risk of going hungry in a high-income nation.

The Aging–Disability Nexus explores the complex and competing narratives we create about aging and disability, providing fresh perspectives on how these markers interact with each other and with other indicators of power and difference.

Sociology Titles from our Publishing Partners
Narratives of Dislocation

George Melnyk is professor emeritus of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary. He has written and edited over twenty-five books on Canadian cinema, Alberta literature, the co-operative movement, and other Canadian subjects. As someone who came to Canada as a refugee he is deeply connected to the phenomenon and has published articles on Canada and refugees. This is his first book on the topic. Christina Parker is an assistant professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. She specializes in critical ethnographic and mixed methods research in diverse schools and communities and is the author of Peacebuilding, Citizenship, and Identity: Empowering Conflict and Dialogue in Multicultural Classrooms (Sense|Brill, 2016).

Lessons for a Better Future

COVID-19 put a temporary stop to the crisis of overtourism. Yet there is no question that travel will resume; the only question is, when it does, what will it look like?Overtourism: Lessons for a Better Future charts a path toward tourism that is truly sustainable, focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. This practical book examines the causes and effects of overtourism before turning to emerging management strategies. Visitor education, traffic planning, and redirection to lesser known sites are among the measures that can protect the economic benefit of tourism without overwhelming local communities. As tourism revives around the world, these innovations will guide government agencies, parks officials, site managers, civic groups, environmental NGOs, tourism operators, and others with a stake in protecting our most iconic places.  

New Tools to End Hunger

In the US, food banks and pantries provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still affects one in nine Americans. What are we doing wrong? In Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries, Katie Martin presents a new model for charitable food, one where success is measured not by pounds of food distributed but by lives changed. The key is shifting our focus from a lack of food to strategies that build empathy, equity, and political will. Martin shares solutions in a warm, engaging style, with simple steps that anyone working or volunteering at a food bank or pantry can take today. Solutions range from providing client choice, where individuals select their own food with dignity, to offering job training programs and joining the fight for a living wage. As Martin writes, it takes more than food to end hunger. Picking up this insightful, lively book is a great first step.  

In Building Community Food Webs, Ken Meter shows how grassroots leaders across the U.S. are constructing civic networks to create healthier and more equitable food systems. Overturning extractive economic structures, these inspired food leaders are engaging low-income residents, farmers, and local organizations in their quest to build stronger communities.  Network-building takes a variety of forms and arises out of multiple activities. Farmers and researchers may convene to improve farming practices collaboratively. Food banks engage their clients to challenge the root causes of poverty. Municipalities invest large sums to protect farmland from development.Building Community Food Webs captures the essence of these efforts, and offers pragmatic insights for community food leaders anywhere.  

Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words
By Lee T Bycel Foreword by Ishmael Beah By (photographer) Dona Kopol Bonick

In this book, eleven men and women share their extraordinary stories of fleeing life-threatening hardship in their home countries in search of a better life in the United States. Giving a voice to refugees from such far-flung locations as Eritrea, Guatemala, Poland, Syria, and Vietnam, it weaves together a rich tapestry of human resilience, suffering, and determination.  

Continuing in the vein of his ever questioning the conventions of “race melodrama” through the lens of which so much American racial and cultural history and storytelling has been filtered, Ferguson’s final work conveys to the reader his sense of humor, warmth, and grace, while adding up to a serious, principled critique of much common scholarly and pedagogic practice.   

Community Solidarity for People Living with Serious Mental Health Problems

Communities are the primary source of social solidarity, and given the diversity of communities, solutions to the problems faced by individuals living with severe mental health problems must start with community level initiatives. “Ties that Enable” examines the role of a faith-based community group in providing a sense of place and belonging as well as reinforcing a valued social identity.

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