Life in Canada is marked, celebrated, enjoyed, and dreaded in ways that respond specifically to the seasons. Sociological thinking allows people to ask questions about things that may otherwise be taken for granted. Thinking about the seasons sociologically opens up a unique perspective for studying and understanding social life. Each chapter in this collection approaches the seasons and the passage of time as a way to explore issues of sociological interest. The authors use seasonality as a device that can bridge, in fascinating ways, small-scale interpersonal interactions and large formal institutional structures. These contemporary, Canadian case studies are wide-ranging and include analyses of pumpkin spice lattes, policing in schools, law and colonialism, summer cottages, seasonal affective disorder, New Year’s resolutions, Vaisakhi celebrations, and more. Seasonal Sociology offers provocative new ways of thinking about the nature of our collective lives.
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- Page Count: 416 pages
- Illustrations: 21
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"Covering a broad swath of the field, this introduction focuses on learning sociology through interpreting and explaining the world around us. It embodies sociological wisdom by revealing ‘the fundamental richness of sociology.’ It ingeniously motivates students through worlds familiar to them. This creative collection should transform how the foundations of sociology are taught in Canada."
Wallace Clement, Carleton University
"This creatively conceived collection goes beyond showing how everyday realities and annual events are ‘socially constructed.’ Each of these eloquent and easy-to-read essays also examines the ways in which the familiar settings of social life are themselves shaped by natural rhythms and physical spaces."
Thomas Kemple, University of British Columbia
"Seasonal Sociology is a lively and accessible introduction to the discipline of sociology and to contemporary Canadian sociology in particular. It will excite any sociology class by challenging students to think differently about the seasons through a number of interesting case studies that illuminate pressing social issues, critical analyses, key sociological concepts, theoretical ideas, and methodological approaches. Refreshing and thought-provoking, it is a rich resource for undergraduate sociology."
Marcia Oliver, Wilfrid Laurier University
Author InformationTonya K. Davidson is an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.
Ondine Park is an instructor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University.
Table of contents
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Tonya K. Davidson, Tara Milbrandt, and Ondine Park
1 The Rideau Canal in Fall: Understanding Ontology and Epistemology with Indigenous Ways of Knowing
2 Back to School Season: Schools and the Social Organization of Crime
3 Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Marking the Seasons with Brands
4 "Neither Here, Nor There": Migrant Rights and Realities in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
Jenna Hennebry, David Celis Parra, and Rachelle Daley
5 A Long Weekend of Rest and Labour: Thanksgiving, Holiday Body Work, and the Holiday Body
6 Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): The Medicalization of Winter Sadness
7 Season of Dreaded Joys: Adaptation, Enchantment, and Solidarity in a "Winter" City
8 The Winter of Our Discontent: New Year’s Resolutions and the Ideal Body
Jen Wrye, Michael Graydon, and Patricia Thille
9 Extending Law’s Reach: Winter, Accusations, and the Colonial Encounter
Matthew P. Unger
10 Cracked Ice: Winter, Canada, Whiteness, and the Politics of Sports
11 Spring Sowing for Fall Harvest: An Exploration of Time in Farmers’ Food Production and Marketing
12 Spring Babies, Summer Weddings, Fall Divorces, and Winter Deaths: Seasons and Populations
13 Alternative Spring Break: The Politics of Doing Good in a Globalized World
Nathaniel Laywine and Alan Sears
14 Supermoms and Bumbling Dads: How Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Cards Perpetuate Traditional Roles in the Home
Alison Thomas and Elizabeth Dennis
15 Rites of Spring: Multiculturalism and the Celebration of Vaisakhi in Vancouver Bonar Buffam
16 Wedding Season: The White Wedding as a Cultural Ritual of Heteronormativity
17 Summer in Cottage Country: Expectations and Experiences of Canadian Nature
Tonya K. Davidson
18 "The Long and ‘Hot’ Summer Is Coming": Environmental Activism, Violence, and the State
19 The Summer Blockbuster: Sociology of Media and Media Sociology
20 Summer’s Gains and Losses: Children, Social Class, and Learning
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