Australian Sociology: A Changing Society (3e) : 9781442540729

Australian Sociology: A Changing Society (3e)

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Australian Sociology 3e provides a concise and current introduction to the field of Sociology, through an analysis of Australian society. In doing so, it draws on a diverse range of perspectives as well as a myriad of topics that go to issues at the core of Australian social life. Our ever-changing society presents continuing challenges to sociological analysis. This new edition of Australian Sociology sets out to document these many changes, while retaining an organised analysis required of an introductory overview of Australian society.
Table of contents
  • 1. What is sociology?
  • 2. Sociological theory
  • 3. Class
  • 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
New to this edition
  • 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.
Features & benefits
  • Chapter Outlines provide students with a roadmap for each chapter and alert them to important concepts to be covered.
  • Feature Boxes highlight or expand on an issue discussed.
  • Case Studies focus on aspects of Australian society which demonstrate sociological issues.
  • Key Terms are highlighted throughout the text with margin notes and in a Glossary at the end of the book, where these terms are clarified and their use is discussed.
  • 'Critical Thinking Questions' provide students with an opportunity to develop their analytical skills while challenging their understanding of the issues raised in the chapter.
  • References appear at the end of each chapter.
  • A list of further reading, an annotated list of websites and other multimedia refers students to additional resources to supplement material from the chapter. This is available on the Companion website.
  • The last chapter on sociological research offers an overview of the process of conducting a small research project. With a hands-on approach, students are given a practical snapshot of what is involved in constructing, conducting and evaluating social research.
  • The Companion Website provides students with easy access to additional resources such as chapter summaries, multiple choice questions, additional case studies, exercises. 
Author biography

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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