ST156 Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society

Author(s): John Germov

Text Books | Sociology 3C | Launceston College | Newstead College

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.


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John Germov 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 the author of Idols-Ideals-Identities: Women in Society, co-editor of Sociology: Australian connections (with Ray Jureidini) and A Certain Age: Women Growing Older (with Susan Feldman), and editor of Family: Changing Families, Changing Times. She was a member of the Professional Education Taskforce that produced Family Violence: Everybody's Business, Somebody's Life.

Tables and figures..Preface to the third edition..Acknowledgements..Contributors..Abbreviations..Guided tour..MODULE 1: DOING PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY..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..MODULE 2: SOCIAL IDENTITIES..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..MODULE 3: SOCIAL DIFFERENCES AND INEQUALITIES..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..MODULE 4: SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS..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..MODULE 5: FUTURE DIRECTIONS..24. A sociological toolkit - John Germov..25. Writing a sociology essay - John Germov..26. Threshold learning outcomes for sociology - John Germov..Glossary..Permissions and copyright..Index

General Fields

  • : 9781743315873
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : December 2014
  • : 245mm X 176mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 301.0994
  • : 592
  • : John Germov
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : English