The third edition of Exploring Society has been extensively revised and brought up to date, with reference to recent events and new research. First and foremost, the text is an introduction to sociology for students at tertiary level, but equally it is an introductory text for New Zealand students. It introduces the major themes in contemporary sociology in a way that is relevant to the culture and issues of students in New Zealand.
Exploring Society is the first fully integrated New Zealand sociology text. It blends theory, research and issues through three themes: the social and the personal, the local and the global, and differences and divisions. These themes are used to analyse major areas of sociological interest, such as health, gender and ethnicity, and provide coherence and structure to the text.
Gregor McLennan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK, having been Chair of Sociology at Massey University from 1991 to 1997. Gregor has published extensively in sociological theory and philosophy of social sciences, his latest work being Sociological Cultural Studies: Reflexivity and Positivity in the Human Sciences (Palgrave, 2006). His teaching includes introductory undergraduate lectures and postgraduate theory classes.
Ruth McManus teaches and researches on the sociology of death and dying, globalisation, poverty and social policy. She is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Paul Spoonley is Professor of Sociology and the Regional Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Massey University at Albany. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including Recalling Aotearoa: Indigenous Politics and Ethnic Relations in New Zealand (1999) and Mata Toa: The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker (Penguin, 2009). His recent research has been on migrants and cultural diversity, the New Zealand labour market, and urban development in Auckland.