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Sociology Australia - Judith Bessant

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9781741750164
Number Of Pages: 552

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A thoroughly revised and expanded third edition of this widely used introductory text which shows how to develop a sociological perspective on what is happening in Australia today.

Sociology gives us the tools we need to understand our life and the lives of the people around us. It reveals that our commonsense view of the world isn't always right, and enables us to find out what actually shapes our experiences.

In this widely used and very readable introductory text, Judith Bessant and Rob Watts show us how to develop a sociological perspective on what is happening in Australia today. Rapid and far-reaching social changes are taking place which affect us all: globalisation is impacting on our economy and culture; technological developments increase the pace of life; and many people worry about the decline of traditional values and about environmental and personal security. Using a sociological perspective we can explain why different groups of people experience these changes as exciting, unsettling or devastating.

Sociology Australia is structured around six key questions:

  • What is sociology?
  • Who are we and how do we come to be who we are?
  • How do we know the world in which we live?
  • Can we make our lives as we want them?
  • Who makes the decisions that shape our society?
  • What changes are taking place in Australia today?
Sociology Australia is an ideal introduction to the discipline of sociology and to the dynamics of Australian society today. This third edition of Sociology Australia has been substantially revised and updated, and includes new chapters on religion, education and sustainability.

About the Author

Judith Bessant is Reader in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Australian Catholic University, St Patrick's campus. Rob Watts is a Professor in the School of Social Science and Planning at RMIT. Between them, the authors have 40 years experience of teaching sociology at an introductory level.




1. Sociology in an age of insecurity

2. Reading sociology

3. Making sense of sociology

4. Doing sociology

5. Ethics and sociology

PART TWO: IDENTITY: Being yourself, being Australian

6. Ourselves: Myself, yourself

7. Ourselves in families

8. Being young: Age and identity

9. Sex in Australia

10. Religion in Australia

11. Identity, multiculturalism and imagined community

PART THREE: GLOBALISATION: Australia and social change

12. Australians at work

13. Confronting class and inequality

14. Inequality in Australia

15. Education in a period of crisis

16. Health and illness in an unequal society

17. Crime, deviance and power

18. Knowing the world: The Australian media

19. Sustainability

20. Conclusion: Australia and globalisation

ISBN: 9781741750164
ISBN-10: 1741750164
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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