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This website has been designed to support Public Sociology 4th edition, an introductory sociology text book edited by John Germov and Marilyn Poole.

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.

Praise for Public Sociology:

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