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.


NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION:

  • A new chapter on gender and sexualities and expanded discussion of intersectionality 

  • Exploration of the latest social issues including #MeToo, rising inequality, and the post-truth age

  • All chapters thoroughly revised and updated with the latest research

  • Updated book website with extra readings, YouTube clips, and case studies

  • A new feature, Visual Sociology, helps the reader analyse the power of visual messaging

‘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

contents

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, Janeen Baxter, and John Germov 

12. Gender and sexualities - Julia Coffey and Akane Kanai

13. Ethnicity and belonging - Zlatko Skribiš and Jonathan Smith



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

15. Religion and spirituality in contemporary 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 and Samantha Mannix

 
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 

Index