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. It highlights the utility and application of sociology in professional and community life using real-world examples from Australia and across the globe. This 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.
Tables and figures Preface to the second edition Acknowledgments Contributors Abbreviations Guided tour Module 1: Doing public sociology 1 The sociological gaze: Linking private lives to public issues 2 Sociological foundations: Early theorists and theories 3 Contemporary sociological theorists and theories 4 Sociological investigations: Doing social research Module 2: Social identities 5 Socialisation and the new genetics 6 Youth transitions and youth culture 7 Families and intimate relationships 8 Consumption and lifestyles 9 Sporting life 10 Hybrid identities in a globalised world Module 3: Social differences and inequalities 11 Class and inequality in Australia 12 The gender order 13 Ethnicity and belonging 14 Race and reconciliation in Australia 15 Religion and spirituality 16 Deviance, crime, and social control Module 4: Social transformations 17 The social basis of health and illness 18 Globalisation, power, and social movements 19 Global risk and the surveillance state: A sociology of new terrorism 20 Working 24/7: The new work ethic 21 Media and popular culture 22 Educating society: Sociological debates and dilemmas 23 Urbanisation, community, and rurality Module 5: Future directions 24 A sociological toolkit 25 Writing a sociology essay Glossary Index
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN ACADEMIC
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.6
Weight (kg): 0.95