Inspiring the “Cultural Mosaic”


Carleton University sociologist John Porter published The Vertical Mosaic in 1965 to critical acclaim. It portrays Canada as a country composed of various ethnic, language, regional and religious groups with differing levels of status and power. Challenging the idea that our country is a classless society, Porter showed how some groups have better incomes, education and health than others.

The Vertical Mosaic established sociology as a legitimate discipline in Canada, inspiring significant debate and scholarship in an emerging field of study.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: The Vertical Mosaic

Carleton University graduate program in sociology