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This website has been designed to support Public Sociology 2nd edition, an introductory sociology text book edited by John Germov and Marilyn Poole.

Public SociologyHow 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.

New to the second edition:

'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