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Public Sociology

An introduction to Australian society

John Germov and Marilyn Poole    
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Pages: 560
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The second edition of a widely used introduction to Australian sociology, designed as a flexible learning tool. It takes an applied approach, demonstrating the value of a sociological perspective on contemporary Australian life.


How can developing a sociological gaze help us understand the way we live? Public Sociology shows that our lives are not solely determined by personal choices, demonstrating how a sociological gaze allows us to see the way our private troubles are connected to public issues.

Public Sociology highlights the utility and application of sociology in professional and community life using real-world examples from Australia and across the globe. The first edition of Public Sociology established itself as a highly regarded and accessible student text. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to maintain a fresh approach, and reflects the ever-increasing importance of technology in our lives. The authors reveal how the tools of sociological training and an empirically grounded sociological perspective are essential to understanding and engaging with contemporary Australian society.

'Public Sociology 2nd edition achieves its aim to encourage reflexivity among students of sociology through its refreshing engagement with contemporary theoretical debates, its unique focus on the contribution of Australian sociologists as well as global sociologists to the field, and its commitment to a "borderless sociology".' - Ann Brooks, Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, University of Adelaide

'My students were enthusiastic about the first edition because of its clarity, accessibility and sophistication.' - Associate Professor Peter Corrigan, Sociology and Criminology, University of New England

JOHN GERMOV is Professor, Dean of Arts, and Deputy Head of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle. He is the author and editor of 14 books including Second Opinion and A Sociology of Food and Nutrition. MARILYN POOLE is Honorary Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University. She is co-editor of Sociology: Australian connections and A Certain Age, and editor of Family: Changing families, changing times.

ISBN: 9781742371450
Australian Pub.: January 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Sociology
Edition Number: 2nd