Sociology As a Life Or Death Issue

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Cengage Learning, Jan 14, 2011 - Cancer - 150 pages

"Magnificent introduction to sociology! Brilliant execution! - Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley; President, International Sociological Association



"When I first assigned this I heard for the first time that 'I couldn't put the book down.' I have never had students grasp so quickly and precisely what it means to take on the sociological imagination, nor have I ever had them become so animated and enamoured with a book." - Linda Derksen, University of Vancouver Island



In six beautifully written essays, Robert Brym analyzes the social causes of death, revealing the powerful social forces that help to determine who lives and who dies, and incisively demonstrating the promise of the sociological imagination.

Examining hip hop culture, Palestinian suicide bombers, the victims of hurricanes on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and the social bases of cancer in Canada, this collection of linked essays by an internationally renowned sociologist takes readers into worlds that figure prominently in popular culture and headline news stories. This book is an eye-opener, an inspiration, and a guide for sociology students and anyone with an inquiring mind and hopes for a better world.
 

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Contents

About the Author
1
Sociology as a Life or Death Issue
3
Hip Hop from Caps to Bling
13
Explaining Suicide Bombers
33
Hurricane Katrina and the Myth of Natural Disasters
53
The Social Bases of Cancer
81
Sociology as a Vocation
105
Glossary
121
References
125
Index
146
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About the author (2011)

Robert Brym is S. D. Clark Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the President's Teaching Academy, and a winner of the Northrop Frye Prize for academic and teaching excellence. His introductory-level textbooks have been published in Canada, Quebec (in French), the United States, Brazil (in Portuguese), and Australia. He has published research on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in Russia, and collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine. Currently, his research focuses on the 2010-11 Arab Spring and the ensuing Arab Winter.

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