1. What is sociology?
2. Sociological theory
4. Aboriginality and Australia
’s indigenous peoples
5. The uses of gender
6. Ethnicity and immigration: challenging the national imaginary?
7. The education revolution: are we a clever country?
8. Health and wellbeing
9. Personal lives
10. Deviance or difference?
11. The working environment
12. Power and the state
13. Religion and spirituality
14. Globalisation and the city
15. Media, popular culture and the networked society
16. Changing the climate: modernity at its limits
17. How to carry out a simple research project
• This edition incorporates recent changes affecting traditional divisions of class, race, ethnicity and gender. These include the 2007 apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the waning of multicultural policy reflected in new notions of a ‘distinctive Australian character’, changing attitudes to sex and gender, the rise of neo-liberalism, and the impact of globalisation on education.
• Chapter 9 is now titled Personal Lives (previous called The Family: Nuclear or Unclear?). This is due to the observation that the modern ‘family’ as a unit is no longer recognisable as it once was. The once-heralded social unit of the nuclear family continues its steady decline, as blended families and postmodern living arrangements such as heteronormativity, living alone, living apart together, living with friends, and the living patterns of adult children of divorce become increasingly common forms of the household unit.
• NEW Chapter 16! This chapter entitled Changing the climate: modernity at its limits specifically tackles what is arguably the most pressing issue facing global society, the threat that climate change poses to the continuation of modern social life. The chapter explores the science of climate change in depth, climate change scepticism and radicalism, the debate about human-induced causes of climate change, and the sociology of technology that informs understandings of the conflict between nature and culture.
• The ‘Changing the Climate’ chapter is very well supported by the re-orientation of many of the other chapters towards environmental issues.
- Chapter 4 includes new material on the relation of Indigenous Australia to the environment.
- The link between patriarchal culture and environmental destruction is drawn in Chapter 5.
- The impact of climate change on health and wellbeing is explored in Chapter 8.
- Chapter 9 considers the consumer impact of so many more people living alone, duplicating the use of resources and increasing waste.
- Environmental crime as a new form of deviance is examined in Chapter 10.
- The nature religions and the environment are discussed in Chapter 13.
- The question of whether environmental sustainability curricula should be embedded in curricula at schools and universities is addressed in Chapter 7.
• The final chapter (17) provides updated research tools with which to conduct field research projects. It will afford step-by-step assistance to students in the selection of topics, methods and the writing up phases of their research task. There is an additional discussion of a range of both simple and more complex software packages, and a guide as to which kinds of projects they are most suited. Ethics in research is explored by a discussion of the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines.
Dr David Holmes has lectured in sociology at Griffith University and the University of NSW, and is currently a senior lecturer at Monash University, teaching sociology of communication. His other publications include Communication Theory: Media, Technology, Society and an edited collection Virtual Globalization: Virtual Spaces/ Tourist Spaces.
Associate Professor Kate Hughes is the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusion) at Victoria University
Associate Professor Roberta Julian is the founding Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) at the University of Tasmania where she conducts research on policing and teaches sociology, criminology and police studies.
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