Canadian Journal of Sociology

The Canadian Journal of Sociology is a quarterly journal published by the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alb., Can. Its subject is sociology and its audience are scholars, academics, students and others working in that field.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, Fall

Being Human: The Problem of Agency. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Margaret S. Archer, Being Human: The Problem of Agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 323 pp. This book is the last in Archer's trilogy dealing with culture, structure and agency. In the previous two books, Culture and Agency (Cambridge...
Books Received/livres Recus
Abu-Laban, Jasmeen and Christina Gabriel, Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2002, 202 pp., $27.95 paper Adamoski, Robert, Dorothy E. Chunn, and Robert Menzies,...
Explicating Social Capital: Trust and Participation in the Civil Space *
Abstract: According to some commentators, social capital, i.e., the nature of trust and participation in the civil space, may influence population health, political performance and/or economic growth. In the social capital literature, however, the...
Foucault on Governmentality and Population: The Impossible Discovery *
Abstract: For Michel Foucault's analysis of suite formation, the 'discovery of population' was the pivot on which the transition from rule based on police to rule in liberal modes of government took place. Modem 'governmentality' takes population...
Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Charles R. Acland and William J. Buxton, eds, Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, 435 pp. Harold Innis in the New Century is a collection of twenty essays that were originally...
Hidden Hands: International Perspectives on Children's Work and Labour. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Phillip Mizen, Christopher Pole and Angela Boldten, eds., Hidden Hands: International Perspectives on Children's Work and Labour. New York, Routledge Farmer, 2001. The phrase "child labour" is commonly associated with exploitation, poverty, and...
Ideology and the Middle Class: The Influence of Work and Gender in the Health Care Professions *
Abstract: With information collected from samples of health care professionals (practicing physicians and pharmacists), and against a back cloth of differing theoretical prognostications, this paper examines the nature and determinants of middle...
Information and Communication Technologies: Bugs in the Generational Ointment
Abstract: The uses and impacts of information and communications technologies (ICTs), are not smooth, linear or fairy-tale like in dusting society with benefits. In development, adoption, uses and impacts, technologies shape, and are shaped by,...
In the Grip of Freedom: Law and Modernity in Max Weber. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Cary Boucock, In the Grip of Freedom: Law and Modernity in Max Weber. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000, 230 pp., $60 cloth; $24.95 paper. Max Weber's analysis of modern law is among the least familiar aspects of his sociological oeuvre....
Perspectives on Organizational Communication. Finding Common Ground. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Steven R. Corman and Marshall Scott Poole, eds, Perspectives on Organizational Communication. Finding Common Ground. New York: The Guildford Press, 2000 When I began teaching organization studies in 1978 I found the field extraordinary narrow,...
Real Science: What It Is, and What It Means. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
John Ziman, Real Science: What It Is, and What It Means, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 399 pp. Ziman is one of the most senior British contributors to science and society studies, and is well known for his earlier classics, Public...
Reflections on the Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu. (Notes on the Discipline/Notes Sociologiques)
Pierre Bourdieu wasn't fond of the honour and mundane ritual of celebration. However, his death certainly doesn't give us the opportunity to escape such rituals. I would like to recall a few personal memories, and present some theoretical reflections...
Sociology and Social Problem Research *. (Notes on the Discipline/Notes Sociologiques)
1. For more than one and a half centuries,, sociology has been a discipline which constantly deals with the social problems as sociological issues. This is also true in China where sociology is much younger. But from the early beginnings of the...
The Economics of Art and Culture. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
James Heilbrun and Charles M. Gray, The Economics of Art and Culture, 2nd edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001, 410 pp. Sociological analysis of the arts has developed over the last 35 years as arts organizations increased enormously...
The Ethnographic Imagination. (Book Reviews/Comptes Redus)
Paul Willis, The Ethnographic Imagination. Cambridge: Polity, 2000, 153 pp. Paul Willis's study Learning to Labour: Why Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs (1977) remains a classic ethnographic text. It demonstrates how theory, ethnographic...
The Interdisciplinary Imperative: Interactive Research and Education, Still an Elusive Goal in Academia. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Rustum Roy, ed., The Interdisciplinary Imperative: Interactive Research and Education, Still an Elusive Goal in Academia. San Jose: Writers Club Press [imprint of iUniverse.com, Inc.], 2000, 259 pp. The Interdisciplinary Imperative is a collection...
The Lessons of Yugoslavia. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Metta Spencer, ed, The Lessons of Yugoslavia. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Inc., 2000, 378 pp. This collection of sixteen papers introduced, resumed and appended by the editor, Metta Spencer, attracts readers attention among other publications...
The Promise of the City: Space, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought. (Book Reviews/Comptes Rendus)
Kian Tajbakhsh, The Promise of the City: Space, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001, 229 pp. I must confess that I didn't initially approach The Promise of the City with much...