Think Sociology : 9781442539808

Think Sociology

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THINK Currency. THINK Issues.  THINK Relevancy. THINK Sociology.
With an engaging visual design and just 15 chapters, THINK Sociology is the Australian Sociology text your students will want to read.  This text thinks their thoughts, speaks their language, grapples with the current-day problems they face, and grounds sociology in real world experiences.

THINK Sociology is informed with the latest research and the most contemporary examples, allowing you to bring current events directly into your unit with little additional work.

The groundbreaking instructor supplements package will help you bring the core concepts of Sociology to life for your students and MySocLab, the text’s online learning resource, provides students with a large range of tools to help them achieve a better grade.

Table of contents
1. SOCIOLOGY: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination
    John Carl, Sarah Baker
2. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY: An Introduction to the Theoretical Foundations of Sociology
    John Carl, Sarah Baker
3. SOCIAL CLASS IN AUSTRALIA: Stratification in a Modern Society
    John Carl, John Scott
4. RACE AND ETHNIC STRATIFICATION: Is it a Question of Colour?
    John Carl, John Scott
5. SEX AND GENDER: The Social Side of Sex
    John Carl, Wendy Hillman
6. AGE AND AGEING: The Greying of Society
    John Carl, Sarah Baker
7. CRIME AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM: How Do Societies Respond to Crime and Deviance?
    John Carl, John Scott
8. EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT: From the Classroom to the Workforce
   John Carl, Sarah Baker and Brady Robards
9: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: How Do Societies Perpetuate Themselves?
    John Carl, Wendy Hillman
10. THE BODY, HEALTH AND ILLNESS: A Weight on Australia’s Shoulder
    John Carl, John Scott
11. GLOBALISATION: The Economy and Society
    John Carl, Geoffrey Lawrence
12. CULTURE: A Framework for the Individual
    John Carl, Sarah Baker and Brady Robards
13. RELIGION: Is Society Losing Faith?
    John Carl, Sarah Baker and Brady Robards
    John Carl, Geoffrey Lawrence
15. SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH: How Do We Learn about Society?
    John Carl, Wendy Hillman
Features & benefits

• Engaging visual design - designed for today's students - clean, open, full-colour design.
• 15 chapters - Informed by the latest research and the most current events
• Chapter length — average 20 page chapter per chapter.
• Chapter Organisation — Every chapter follows a 2 step process:
              1.      Comprehend the topic
              2.      Frame the topic with theory
• Theory Wheel - The majority of chapters have a theory info-graphic, which is a picture/ graphic that visually discusses the three main sociological paradigms.  (Not within chapter 1 & 15)
• Global Comparisons – International comparisons are found throughout the text. There is also a Go Global” box in most chapters that looks at specific issues closely.
 "Think Sociologically" boxes help students apply sociology to the world around them.
• “Sociology on the Screen” boxes help students apply sociology to popular culture and film
 MySocLab! is a state-of-the-art, interactive and instructive online solution for introductory sociology. Designed to be used as a supplement to a traditional lecture course, or to completely administer an online course, MySocLab combines multimedia, tutorials video, audio, tests, and quizzes to make teaching and learning fun.

Author biography

SARAH BAKER’S passion for sociology developed during her undergraduate degree at the University of South Australia where she was inspired by an amazing lecturer, Dr Bev Beasley. With Bev’s guidance Sarah went on to complete an Honours thesis on the production and consumption of British pop group the Spice Girls and was later awarded a Ph.D. for her work on the everyday music practices of pre-teen girls. Since then Sarah’s work has explored disadvantaged young people’s community-based music-making; the labour of media workers in the cultural industries; and she is currently travelling across the globe – from Australia to Israel, Iceland, England, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia – to study international aspects of popular music heritage and cultural memory. For more information about that project visit: .
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Sociology at Griffith University. Inspired by John Carl’s vision for Think Sociology, Sarah was delighted when Pearson approached her to be involved in adapting the content for the Australian classroom.
Sarah lives on the Gold Coast – Australia’s playground! When she’s not teaching and research¬ing Sarah enjoys singing karaoke. More about Sarah can be found at .

WENDY HILLMAN is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Central Queensland University, Australia, Rockhampton campus. Currently, she teaches Rural Sociology and Social Services, and Community Analysis, amongst other courses. She previously held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she was employed on an Australian Research Council project, in conjunction with The University of Queensland and other industry partners to research the reasons why families with young children relocate away from capital cities. Her main research interests include: backpackers, tourism, ecotourism, sociology of tourism, ecotour guides, rural and regional research and the general mobility of groups of people. Wendy is currently finish¬ing her second term as the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Treasurer, where she was actively engaged in the promotion of Sociology both in Australia, and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from James Cook University, Australia, where she also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Social Science. She continues to pursue her passion for travel and movements of people.

GEOFFREY LAWRENCE completed an agricultural science degree before recognising that a good deal of bio-science training had the effect of preventing people from ‘seeing’. In an effort to correct the situation, at a personal level, he embarked on diploma, masters and doctoral training in sociology. He believes he thinks more clearly now. Not letting his agricultural training go to complete waste, he has fashioned many critical sociological books and articles on topics such as the environment, natural resource management, structural change in farming, genetic engineering of plants and animals, and power relations in agri-food systems. For several decades he has taught courses in introductory sociology, rural sociology, sociology of the environment, and globalisation. His two daughters have recently left home to pursue careers in teaching and marketing. He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Dimity, who is trying to force him to find more time for cycling, body surfing, and growing hibiscus. He is currently Professor of Sociology and Focal Area Co-Leader of Food Security with the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland. His latest co-edited book is Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability (Earthscan, London, 2010). Please visit Geoffrey’s website at:

JOHN SCOTT never intended to be a ‘sociologist’ (who does?), but started out with dreams of becoming a pirate, which eventually developed into a general interest in teaching. While there is not a straightforward trajectory between piracy and teaching, along the way he discovered sociology at the University of Newcastle (NSW), where he completed a Ph.D. in 2001. Since 2001, John has taught sociology and criminology at the University of New England. In that time he has taught pretty much all of the main strands of sociology and professes to know less about the discipline today than he did in 2001, which is what makes sociology exciting and challenging. John’s main areas of research interest include gender and sexuality, crime and deviance and the sociology of health and illness. John lives in Armidale with his wife Akie, daughter Kasumi and their two shih tzus, Porgy and Bess. Bonsai, beer, poker, politics, art and cinema are included among his various interests. One day, after a few beverages, he plans to film a book on the politics of bonsai. More about John can be found at . John welcomes any feedback about the text and can be contacted at

Executive Contributor
BRADY ROBARDS was first exposed to the sociological imagination at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, where he will complete his Ph.D. in 2011. Brady is interested in questions of identity, specifically focused on understanding how young people construct a sense of identity online. Social network sites like Myspace and Facebook have changed the way identities are mediated and constructed, providing sociologists with a rich terrain to explore. In the classroom, Brady teaches in a variety of programs with a focus on the sociology of youth and new media. He encourages his students to use the sociological imagination to think critically about their world by questioning privilege and highlighting inequality; for Brady, this is sociology’s most important goal. You can find out more about Brady’s research, teaching and various online presences by visiting his website: .

Originating Author
JOHN CARL’S interest in sociology grew from his interests and job experiences after college, which included working in hospitals, schools, churches and prisons.
At the University of Oklahoma, he became passionate about the study of Criminology and Stratification, completing his Ph.D. while teaching full time at Rose State College. When asked why he wrote THINK Sociology, the answer was simple: ‘This book is truly a labor of love for me. I wanted to write a book that is filled with examples used in the classroom and written in a language that students can understand without compromising the core concepts of sociology.’
John lives in Oklahoma with his family: wife Keven, and daughters, Sara and Caroline. In his free time, John plays golf, gardens, throws pottery, and plays his guitar. He continues to move from the classroom to community by being active in non-profit leadership in his home community and providing training to non-profit boards so they may better achieve their goals.

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