Sociology (4e) : 9780733993862

Sociology (4e)

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Building upon the success of previous editions, this fully revised edition of Sociology lays the foundations for understanding sociology in Australia.  The depth and breadth of the book ensures its value not only for first-year students, but for sociology majors requiring on-going reference to a range of theoretical perspectives and current debates.

This fourth Australian edition continues to build on the book’s reputation for coverage, clarity and content, drawing upon the work of leading Australian sociologists as well as engaging with global social trends and sociological developments.


Table of contents
  • 1. What is sociology?
  • 2. Globalisation
  • 3. Popular culture and the media
  • 4. Family life
  • 5. Education and knowledge
  • 6. Leisure, sport, tourism and work
  • 7. Class and inequality
  • 8. Identities: indigenous, national, ethnic and racial
  • 9. Gender and sexuality
  • 10. Health
  • 11. Religion
  • 12. Power and the state
  • 13. Crime and deviance
  • 14. Methods of social research
  • 15. Sociological theory
New to this edition
  • The latest social science research has been included with each chapter having been revised to keep abreast of current developments in Australian and international sociology.
  • Two new authors, both from the University of Sydney, have joined the writing team: Karl Maton, who has taken over Chapter 5, Education and Knowledge, and Greg Martin, who has become responsible for Chapter 14, Methods of Social Research. All the authors have, at the same time, also made an effort to make each chapter as ‘global’ as possible, locating the Australian experience in the context of other parts of the world.
  • Chapter 2, Globalisation, has been thoroughly reworked.
  • Chapter 3, Popular Culture and the Media, has been expanded to include more discussion of popular culture.
  • All figures and tables throughout the text have been updated.
  • New opening vignettes captivate the reader’s attention and promote further discussion, encouraging active participation in the understanding of sociology.
Features & benefits
  • Key Australian and international scholarship is highlighted throughout the text
  • Case studies providing scenarios for discussion
  • New opening vignettes captivate the reader’s attention and promote further discussion, encouraging active participation in the understanding of sociology
  • Study questions
  • Further reading
  • Extensive reference to appropriate websites with hotlinks and information
  • Visual material for analysis and emphasis of concepts
  • Companion website with study questions, key terms and glossary
Author biography

Robert van Krieken received both his BA Honours and PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales, and also has a Law degree from the University of Sydney. He has taught and researched for many years at the University of Sydney, where he played a central role in establishing a distinct sociology program from 1991 onwards, as well as setting up a program in socio-legal studies in 2006. He has done research on the historical sociology of child welfare in Australia, the Stolen Generations, processes of civilisation and decivilisation, the question of cultural genocide, and the sociology of recent changes in family law in Australia, the USA and Europe, as well contributing to the theoretical debates around the work of Elias, Foucault, Luhmann and Latour. He is currently Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, where he aims to develop the linkages between sociology in Australia and Europe.

Daphne Habibis is a senior lecturer with the School of Sociology and Social Work.  She is a qualitative researcher who has collaborated frequently with quantitative researchers.   Her research is in the area of social justice and has focused on housing, mental illness, and Indigenous peoples.  She completed her BSc (Sociology) and PhD at the London School of Economics  and holds a BSW from the University of Tasmania. Daphne has recently published, with Maggie Walter, Social Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Futures (2008 Oxford University Press).   She is currently completing a large AHURI grant examining how housing services can improve responses to Indigenous mobility practices.    Evaluations have included programs funded by the National Homelessness Strategy and community sector tenancy support programs. Other large, funded research project have focused on issues relating to tenancy sustainment and the impact of community mental health teams on consumer and relative outcomes.

Philip Smith has an MA in Anthropology from Edinburgh and a PhD in Sociology from UCLA. He worked at the University of Queensland from 1993-2002 where for a time he was head of both the sociology and criminology programs. He is currently Associate Professor in Sociology at Yale University and Co-Chair of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociological Theory. He is known as a member of Yale’s Strong Program in Cultural Sociology (see  Smith’s work argues for the role of deep meanings in shaping cultural life. Why War? (University of Chicago Press, 2005) suggested that military conflict today is driven by narratives of evil. Punishment and Culture (Chicago, 2008) explored the history of the prison and execution through themes of purification and sacrifice. His most recent study, Incivility (Cambridge, 2010, co-written with T. Phillips and R. King) is a systematic investigation of the everyday encounters with rude strangers in Australia.

Brett Hutchins is a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland, graduating in 2001 and receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis (PhD). His thesis was published as Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth by Cambridge University Press in 2002, receiving significant media and critical attention and appearing in paperback in 2005.
Brett’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of sports media, digital media and environmental media, with his most recent publications appearing in high-profile international journals such as Media, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Television & New Media and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. He is presently working on a three-year Australian Research Council funded project investigating the transition of sports media content from broadcast to online environments, and the cultural, social and economic implications of this shift.

Karl Maton is a Senior Lecturer in sociology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney. He holds three degrees in economics, social and political science and Education from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the University of Cambridge, the Open University (UK), Keele University and Wollongong University. His sociological theory of knowledge and education is now being internationally used by researchers in sociology, education, philosophy and linguistics (see Karl has published extensively in sociology, cultural studies, education, linguistics and philosophy. He is currently working on two major projects funded by the Australian Research Council, titled Living and Learning in a Knowledge Society (on young people and digital technology) and Disciplinarity, knowledge and Schooling (on building students’ knowledge over time). He recently conducted the biggest study of its kind in the world on students’ experiences and expectations of technology in higher education. Karl’s book, Knowledge and Knowers: Towards a realist sociology of education, was published in 2010 by Routledge.

Greg Martin is a Lecturer on the Socio-Legal Studies programme in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. After obtaining his degree in sociology from the University of Exeter, Greg conducted ethnographic fieldwork amongst New Age Travellers for his PhD, which he also completed at Exeter. He then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Keele University and was a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Subsequently, Greg travelled the world, completed a law degree at the University of Western Australia, worked in legal publishing and was employed as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Western Sydney. He has several international publications in areas as diverse as sociology, social policy, politics, criminology and law. His main research interests are in social movements and youth culture.

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