Public Sociology: An introduction to Australian society

Allen & Unwin
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From the future of work to the nature of our closest relationships, how do we understand the links between our personal troubles and wider public issues in society today?

Now into its fourth edition, Public Sociology continues to highlight the relevance of a grounded sociological perspective to Australian social life, as well as encouraging students to apply a sociological gaze to their own lives and the communities in which they live.

Public Sociology presents a wide range of topics in a user-friendly and accessible way, introducing key theories and research methods, and exploring core themes, including youth, families and intimate relationships, class and inequality and race and ethnic relations. All chapters have been extensively revised to bring them up to date in a fast-changing social world, reflecting the latest sociological debates in response to changing lifestyles and evolving political landscapes. In addition to updated statistics and research findings, an expanded glossary and the latest citations to the scholarly literature, the text features a completely new chapter on gender and sexualities with expanded discussion of LGBTIQ+. This new edition also explores contemporary issues ranging from the #MeToo movement to marriage equality, fake news and 'alt facts'.

This is the essential sociological reference to help students make sense of a complex and challenging world.

NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION:

* A new chapter on gender and sexualities and expanded discussion of intersectionality
* Exploration of the latest social issues including #MeToo, rising inequality, and the 'post-truth' age
* All chapters thoroughly revised and updated with the latest research
* Updated book website with extra readings, YouTube clips, and case studies
* A new feature, Visual Sociology, helps the reader analyse the power of visual messaging


'With a firm base in the richest traditions of the discipline and with a remarkably approachable format, this book offers an excellent introduction to a wide array of sociology's concerns, making it suitable for all Australian social science undergraduates.'
Gary Wickham, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Murdoch University

'A sophisticated yet accessible introduction to social identities, differences and inequalities, and social transformations.'
Jo Lindsay, Professor in Sociology, Monash University

'Sweeping and lucid ... communicates with ease and simplicity.'
Toni Makkai, Emeritus Professor, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

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About the author

John Germov is Professor of Sociology, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Charles Sturt University. He is a former President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), a former President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), and served on the Executive of the International Sociological Association.

Marilyn Poole is an Honorary Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University. Although now retired, Marilyn has long experience in the community sector and continues to work on advisory committees particularly in the areas of health and community strengthening.
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Publisher
Allen & Unwin
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Published on
Jan 7, 2019
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Pages
624
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ISBN
9781760870348
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Sociology / General
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