Public Sociology

An introduction to Australian society

Edited by John Germov and Marilyn Poole
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The third edition of the most 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.

What is the connection between our personal troubles and underlying public issues?

Public Sociology focuses on the utility and relevance of a sociological perspective to every aspect of social life. The aim is to encourage in students the ability to critically reflect upon the forces - both local and global - shaping their own lives and the communities in which they live.

The previous two editions of Public Sociology have established the book as one of the most popular and accessible introductory sociology texts. The third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate important themes in contemporary society including drug culture and digital technology. 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 THIRD EDITION: three new chapters on the sociology of drugs, digital sociology, and the social determinants of health and illness; all chapters thoroughly revised and some expanded; expanded glossary and updated introductory vignettes; enhanced book website with extra readings, YouTube clips, and case studies.

'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, difference and inequalities, and social transformations.' - Jo Lindsay, Associate Professor in Sociology, Monash University

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

Author bio:

JOHN GERMOV is Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle. He is the President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), the peak national body on research and teaching in humanities and social sciences. He is the author and editor of 19 books including Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology, A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite (with Lauren Williams), and Histories of Australian Sociology (with Tara McGee).

MARILYN POOLE is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Deakin University. Although now retired and holding an honorary appointment, she continues to write and do research in the areas of gender, ageing, and volunteering. She is the editor of Family: Changing Family, Changing Times (Allen & Unwin, 2005), co-editor of A Certain Age: Women Growing Older (Allen & Unwin, 1999), co-editor of Sociology: Australian Connections (3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, 2003), and co-editor of Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society (3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, 2014).

Category: Sociology
ISBN: 9781743315873
Edition No: 3rd
Table Of Contents: Tables and figures

Preface to the third edition




Guided tour


1. The sociological gaze: linking private lives to public issues - John Germov and Marilyn Poole

2. Sociological foundations: early theorists and theories - Marilyn Poole and John Germov

3. Contemporary sociological theorists and theories - Marilyn Poole and John Germov

4. Sociological investigations: doing social research - Tara Renae McGee


5. How we become who and what we are: socialisation and the new genetics - Marilyn Poole

6. Youth transitions and youth culture - Pam Nilan

7. Families and intimate relationships - Marilyn Poole

8. Consumption and lifestyles - Ian Woodward

9. Sporting life - Peter Mewett

10. A sociology of licit and illicit drugs - Maria Freij and John Germov


11. Class and inequality in Australia - Mark Western and Janeen Baxter

12. The gender order - Grazyna Zajdow

13. Ethnicity and belonging - Zlatko Skrbis and Jonathan Smith

14. Race and reconciliation in Australia - Meredith Green and Sherry Saggers

15. Religion and spirituality in a changing Australia - Andrew Singleton

16. Deviance, crime, and social control - Sharyn Roach Anleu


17. The social determinants of health and illness - Marilyn Poole and John Germov

18. Globalisation, power, and social movements - Jan Pakulski

19. Global risk and the surveillance state: a sociology of new terrorism - Maria Freij and John Germov

20. Working 24/7: The new work ethic - John Germov

21. Digital sociology - Deborah Lupton

22. Media and popular culture - Timothy Marjoribanks

23. Educating society: sociological debates and dilemmas - Julie McLeod


24. A sociological toolkit - John Germov

25. Writing a sociology essay - John Germov

26. Threshold learning outcomes for sociology - John Germov


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Publisher: A&U Academic
Imprint: A&U Academic
Pub Date: January 2015
Page Extent: 592
Format: Paperback
Subject: Sociology