Lorne Tepperman

Professor - Department of Sociology
University of Toronto


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Authored Books

Social Mobility in Canada. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1975.

  • This book is a description of Canadian research on equity and opportunity and an examination of some models of structural and exchange, intergenerational and career mobility.

Crime Control: The Urge Toward Authority. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1977.

  • Using historical crime statistics, this book accounts for changes in Canadian crime rates by examining the historically changing need to impose order that emerges in times of economic difficulty.

The Roots of Disunity: A Look at Canadian Political Culture. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979. With David Bell.

  • The result of a collaboration with a political scientist, this book analyzes the historical development of Canada’s main political ideas.

Making Sense in the Social Sciences. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986. With Margot Northey. 2nd edition, 2001, with James Russell.

  • Intended for undergraduate social science students, this book is a common sense approach to research and writing. It examines many of the common pitfalls of student research, including problems of design, measurement and analysis.

Choices and Chances: Sociology for Everyday Life. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1989. [Short-listed for John Porter Award, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, 1990.] Second edition. Toronto: Holt-HBJ, 1994.

1st American edition: San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990, with Angela Djao. Second American edition: Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996, with Susannah J. Wilson.

  • This book shows undergraduates that sociological research can help them answer important questions about their own lives. The focus is on discovering what kinds of choices make people’s lives happier and more satisfying.

False Alarm: The Computerization of Eight Social Welfare Organizations. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990. With John Gandy.

  • This book uses case studies to show how and why eight social service organizations adopted computers. The result of a lengthy collaboration with a social work professor, this research found that computerization affected little change in the ways these organizations operated.

Lives of Their Own. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990. With Charles L. Jones and Lorna Marsden.

  • This collaboration with two other sociologists shows that women’s lives are becoming more "individualized" than men’s lives, and that this has significant effects on family and work life.

Selected Socioeconomic Consequences of Disability for Women in Canada. Catalogue No. 82-615, Vol. 2. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1990. With Edward B. Harvey.

  • This research examines data gathered by Statistics Canada on the lives of physically disabled Canadian women. The results show the different degrees of impact on education and work that various physical disabilities have on these women.

MACRO/MICRO: A Brief Introduction to Sociology. Toronto: Prentice-Hall (Canada), 1991. Second edition, 1994. Third edition, 1998. With Michael Rosenberg.

  • This textbook, aimed at Canadian undergraduates in universities and community colleges, examines the main issues, debates, and topics in sociology from a variety of different perspectives.

Think Twice! Sociology Looks at Current Social Issues, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1999. With Jenny Blain. Second Edition, 2006.

  • This book, designed to develop critical thinking skills, examines both sides of 45 contentious social issues. In each instance, the strongest possible case is made for one side in the debate, then the other. The latest research findings then help the reader decide which perspective is more beneficial.

The Futures of the Family. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1995. With Charles L. Jones and Susannah J. Wilson. Translated into Vietnamese and published, with a new Foreword, by Ho Chi Minh Publishing House, Viet Nam, 2001.

  • This book is based on existing research on changes in family life around the world. A model is developed for understanding and predicting the directions of future change.

Close Relations: An Introduction to the Sociology of Families, Brief Edition, Toronto: Pearson Educational, 2002. With Susan McDaniel.

Close Relations: An Introduction to the Sociology of Families, Toronto: Prentice-Hall Canada, 2000; 2nd edition, 2003; 3 rd edition, 2006. With Susan McDaniel.

  • This textbook takes the approach that processes are what really matter in family life. How someone relates to their children, spouse, or other kin, is more important than family structure (e.g. two-parent family, single parent family, gay or lesbian family).

Social Problems: A Canadian Perspective, Toronto: Oxford University Press (Canada), 2003. With James Curtis; 2nd edition, 2007. With Albert Kwan.

  • In this textbook, we discuss a variety of common social problems – including poverty, racism, sexism, unemployment, homelessness, ageism and addiction, as well as likely "social problems of the future" – from a variety of sociological perspectives. We also consider the health consequences of these social problems.

Straight and Narrow: An Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Control. Toronto: Oxford University Press, (Canada), 2005

  • This textbook examines a variety of common deviant behaviours – crime, delinquency, substance abuse, sex work, mental illness, and "appearance issues", among others – from the standpoint of different sociological paradigms (functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist, feminist and post-modern). Health consequences are also explored.

Edited Books

An Introduction to the Social World. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1987. With R.J. Richardson (eds.)

Understanding Canadian Society. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1988. With James Curtis (eds.)

  • Intended for students in Canadian Society courses, this book contains new writings by Canada’s leading sociologists about Canada from the standpoint of their own area of particular expertise.

Readings in Sociology: An Introduction. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1988. With James Curtis (eds.)

  • This book contains abridged versions of many of the most important or characteristic writings of Canada’s most important sociologists. Included are detailed introductions and biographical sketches of the authors.

Images of Canada: The Sociological Tradition. Toronto: Prentice-Hall of Canada, 1990. With James Curtis (eds.)

  • Intended for students in Canadian Society courses, this book condenses published articles by leading scholars to show how Canada’s sociological tradition has helped us understand the main themes or metaphors of Canadian social history.

Everyday Life: Introductory Readings in Sociology. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992. Second edition: Primis modular series, 1995. With James Curtis (eds.).

  • This book helps introductory students see their own lives through new eyes informed by sociological perspectives on many common topics. This is a collection of abridged readings that emphasize the qualitative approach to sociology.

Next of Kin: An International Reader on Changing Families. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1993. With Susannah J. Wilson (eds.)

  • This collection of condensed articles by sociologists from around the world point to the elements in modern family life that are changing and converging, and point to problems and policy initiatives that are designed to deal with new family problems.

Haves and Have-nots: An International Reader on Social Inequality. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1994. With James Curtis (eds.)

  • This book points illustrates the various forms, causes and consequences of social inequality. It is comprised of abridged articles by sociologists from around the world and from a variety of different sociological approaches.

Small World: International Readings in Sociology. Toronto: Prentice-Hall of Canada, 1994. Second edition, 1997. With James Curtis, Susannah J. Wilson and Alan Wain (eds.)

  • Using a world’s worth of examples, this collection of condensed articles by sociologists from several different countries illustrates the central issues, concepts and debates of sociology.

The Social World: An Introduction to Sociology.

1st edition, 1986 With R.J. Richardson (eds.)
Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
2nd edition, 1991 With R.J. Richardson (eds.)
Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
3rd edition, 1995 With James Curtis (eds.)
Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • Intended for introductory sociology students, this book brings together chapters by leading Canadian sociologists writing about their areas of specialization.

SOCIOLOGY: A Canadian Perspective, With James Curtis (eds.) 2003, Toronto: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition, 2008. With Patrizia Albanese.

  • Also intended for introductory sociology students and like the popular SOCIAL WORLD, this book brings together chapters by leading Canadian sociologists writing about their areas of specialization.

Principles of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, With James Curtis (eds.). Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006

  • A condensed version of SOCIOLOGY: A Canadian Perspective intended for use by students in a one-semester introduction to sociology course.

Sociology in Canada: A Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Reader. Toronto: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, with Harley Dickinson, eds.

  • A book of readings based mainly of short versions of top papers presented at the 2005 CSAA meetings, to showcase some of the best new sociological work in Canada.


"Structure and randomness in a juvenile legal system", Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology (hereafter CRSA), 1971, 8 (2), 76-90. Reprinted in Jackwell Susman (ed.), Crime and Justice, 1971-72. New York: A.M.S. Press.

"Dynasty formation in eight imaginary societies", CRSA, 1971, 8 (3), 121-141. With Barry Tepperman.

"The natural disruption of dynasties", CRSA, 1972, 9 (2), 111-133.

"Service delivery and client satisfaction in a public neighbourhood service centre", The Social Worker, 1972, 40 (2), 76-85. With John Gandy.

"The multiplication of opportunities: a model of sponsored mobility, Coventry, England, 1420-1450", CRSA, 1973, 10 (1), 1-19.

"The effect of court size on organization and procedures", CRSA, 1973, 10 (4), 346-365.

"Changes in the Canadian business and legal elites, 1870-1970", CRSA, 1974, 11 (2), 97-109. With David Smith.

"Ethnic variation in marriage and fertility: Canada, 1871", CRSA, 1974, 11 (4), 324-343.

"Demographic aspects of career mobility", CRSA, 1975, 12 (2), 163-177.

"Deviance as a search process", Canadian Journal of Sociology, 1975, 1 (3), 277-294.

"A simulation of social mobility in industrial societies", CRSA, 1976, 13 (1), 26-42.

"Effects of the demographic transition upon access into the Toronto elite", CRSA, 1977, 14 (3), 285-293.

"Malthus and a contemporary dilemma: the social limits to growth," Social Indicators Research 1981, 9, 346-368.

"Musical chairs: the occupational experience of migrants to Alberta, 1976-80", Social Indicators Research, 1985, 16, 51-67.

"The migrant wife: the worst of all worlds", Journal of Business Ethics, 1985, 4, 205-213. With Lorna Marsden.

"Informatics and society: Will there be an 'information revolution'?" Journal of Business Ethics, 1985, 4, 395-399.

"Social mobility," Entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1986; revised, 1996.

"Toward an index of gender equality," Social Indicators Research, 1990, 22 (3), May, With E.B. Harvey and J. H. Blakely.

"The individualization of women's lives: Changes in women's roles in the family and the paid labour force," Canadian Issues, 1990, XII, 137-157. With Charles L. Jones and Lorna R. Marsden.

"The Future of Happiness" Futures, 1990, 22 (10), December, 1059-1070. With Hilja Laasen. Reprinted in Bruce Lloyd, ed. Framing the Future: A 21st Century Reader, London: Adamantine Press, 1995.

"Suicide and happiness: Seven tests of the connection," Social Indicators Research, 1994, 32, 199-233. With Jana Weerasinghe.

"A life satisfaction scale for use with national adult samples from the USA, Canada and Mexico," Social Indicators Research, 35: 255-270, 1995. With James Curtis.

"Popular images of the future: Cross-national survey results,1981 and 1991" Futures, 27, 5, pp. 549-570, 1995. With James Curtis.

"The Postmaterialist Thesis: Has there been a shift in political cultures?" pp. 15-36 in Douglas Baer, ed. Political Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, Toronto, Oxford University Press, 2001.

"Close relations at a distance," Journal of Futures Studies, November 2001, 6 (2), 21-43.

"Canadian families," International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Relations, second edition, James J. Ponzetti, Editor in Chief. New York: Macmillan Reference, with Tracy Matsuo. 2003

"Focus on home: What time-use data can tell about caregiving to adults," with William Michelson, Journal of Social Issues, 2003, 59 (3): 591-610.

"Social problems of the future," Journal of Futures Studies, August 2003, 8(1): 21-38 with James Curtis.

"What is sociology?" with James Curtis, Pp. 1-31 in Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, co-edited with James Curtis (eds.) Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004

"Groups and organizations," with Jack Richardson, Pp. 110-137 in Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, co-edited with James Curtis, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004

"Review of Suzanne Morton, At Odds: Gambling and Canadians, 1919-1969," (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003) in Histoire Sociale/ Social History, forthcoming

"S.D. Clark 1910-2003," Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, January - February 2004

"Social Basis of Mate Selection in Taiwan: Change over Three Decades," (With Aileen, Lin, Weeda Mehran, and Chin-Chun Yi,) in Cristina Gomes, ed. Families in Developing Societies, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming


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