The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada, 50th Anniversary Edition

By John Porter
With a New Introductory Essay by Jack Jedwab and Vic Satzewich
Foreword by Wallace Clement and Rick Helmes-Hayes

© 2015

John Porter’s landmark study of social and ethnic inequality, The Vertical Mosaic, became an instant classic when it was first published in 1965. A national best seller that sold more than 100,000 copies, the book was the first major study of Canada’s class structure and one of the foundational texts in Canadian sociology. Sociologist Irving Louis Horowitz described it as “the sociological study of present-day Canada.”

Fifty years later, the book retains vast significance both for its powerful critique of social exclusivity in a country that prides itself on equality and diversity and for its influence on generations of sociological researchers. The 50th Anniversary Edition features new material which contextualizes the legacy of this important book: a foreword by Porter’s colleague, Wallace Clement, and his biographer, Rick Helmes-Hayes, and a new introductory essay by historian Jack Jedwab and sociologist Vic Satzewich.

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  • Page Count: 688 pages
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Fifty years later, the book retains vast significance both for its powerful critique of social exclusivity in a country that prides itself on equality and diversity and for its influence on generations of sociological researchers.

The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada, 50th Anniversary Edition

By John Porter
With a New Introductory Essay by Jack Jedwab and Vic Satzewich
Foreword by Wallace Clement and Rick Helmes-Hayes

© 2015

John Porter’s landmark study of social and ethnic inequality, The Vertical Mosaic, became an instant classic when it was first published in 1965. A national best seller that sold more than 100,000 copies, the book was the first major study of Canada’s class structure and one of the foundational texts in Canadian sociology. Sociologist Irving Louis Horowitz described it as “the sociological study of present-day Canada.”

Fifty years later, the book retains vast significance both for its powerful critique of social exclusivity in a country that prides itself on equality and diversity and for its influence on generations of sociological researchers. The 50th Anniversary Edition features new material which contextualizes the legacy of this important book: a foreword by Porter’s colleague, Wallace Clement, and his biographer, Rick Helmes-Hayes, and a new introductory essay by historian Jack Jedwab and sociologist Vic Satzewich.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “This book is a ‘must’ for those seeking to understand Canadian society, its inner workings and motivations ... None will read it without being stimulated and better informed about our society.”
    Tommy Douglas
    The Globe and Mail

    The Vertical Mosaic is a milestone in Canadian intellectual history. Both academics and the general reading public have waited a long time for this study to appear. They have not been disappointed. In both richness of detail and rigour of analysis, it has few rivals.&rdquo
    Martin Robin
    American Political Science Review

    The Vertical Mosaic will be a touchstone for social studies in Canada.”
    Robert Fulford
    Toronto Star

    “Porter has written a masterpiece of empirical sociology, and no one can be properly informed about the structure of Canadian society until he has absorbed the contents of this monograph.”
    New Society
  • Author Information

    John Porter (1921–1979), one of Canada’s leading sociologists, was a professor, dean, and academic vice-president at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    Part I: The Structure of Class

    1. Class and Power: The Major Themes

    2. Class, Mobility, and Migration

    3. Ethnicity and Social Class

    4. Classes and Incomes

    5. Rural Decline and New Urban Strata

    6. Social Class and Educational Opportunity

    Part II: The Structure of Power

    7. Elites and the Structure of Power

    8. The Concentration of Economic Power

    9. The Economic Elite and Social Structure

    10. The Structure of Organized Labout

    11. The Labour Elite

    12. The Canadian Political System

    13. The Political Elite

    14. The Federal Bureaucracy

    15. The Ideological System: The Mass Media

    16. The Ideological System: The Higher Learning and the Clergy

    17. Relations Between Elites

    Appendixes

    1. Class and Social Structure: Tables and Figures

    2. The Concentration of Economic Power

    3. How the Other Elites Were Selected

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