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Public Sociology

An Introduction to Australian Society

Edited by John Germov, Edited by Marilyn Poole


538 Pages, 7 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $63.95 (US $63.95) (CA $69.95)

Publication Date: April 2011

ISBN 9781742371450

Rights: US, CA, CN, KR & TW

Allen & Unwin (Apr 2011)

Price: $63.95


The second edition of a 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. • Fully revised and updated • Includes two new chapters on religion and on terrorism • First edition published in 2006 - became an instant success in a highly competitive first year textbook market; one of the most widely used first year university sociology textbooks in Australia • Editors are well-known and respected sociology educators • Student friendly approach, with case studies, guidelines on writing sociology essays, activities • Accompanied by an extensive support website How 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.

Author Biography

John Germov is the editor of Second Opinion, and coeditor of A Sociology of Food and Nutrition. Marilyn Poole is coeditor of Sociology: Australian Connections and A Certain Age, and editor of Family: Changing Families, Changing Times.