French Canada in Transition (Paperback)
French Canada in Transition is a landmark study of the impact of rapid industrialization on small French Canadian communities. First published in 1943 by the University of Chicago Press, it remains one of the most widely cited works of Canadian Sociology. Hughes's careful study of a typical Quebec city revealed trends and developing fault lines that would only make themselves apparent to less perceptive observers two decades later with the flowering of the so-call "Quiet Revolution." Special features of this Wynford edition included the new introduction by Tepperman, the foreword to the 1963 Chicago paperback by Nathan Keyfitz of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics (predessor to Statistics Canada), and Hughes's own preface to the 1963 reprint, as well as a brief biography of Hughes and selections from important reviews of the book.
Everett Hughes (1897-1983) was one of the preeminent North American sociologists of the mid-20th century. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Hughes taught at McGill from 1927-1938, and in so doing, became one of the most important early shapers of the study of sociology in Canada. Hughes left McGill to return to Chicago, and later taught at Brandeis and Boston College, where he supervised graduate students until he was nearly 80. He edited the American Journal of Sociology from 1952 to 1961 and was elected president of the American Sociological Association in 1963 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences a year later. Lorne Tepperman teaches at the University of Toronto and is the author or co-author of dozens of books and research studies. He has served as president of the Canadian Sociological Association and also received the Association's Outstanding Contributions Award for his work in the field. Nathan Keyfitz was Professor of Demography and Sociology at Harvard University from 1972-1983. He worked for twenty-three years at the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in Ottawa (now Statistics Canada).