Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th Edition

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Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th Edition

By David Holmes, Kate Hughes, Roberta Julian
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Australian Sociology 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 edition of Australian Sociology sets out to document these many changes, while retaining an organised analysis required of an introductory overview of Australian society.
  • Learner outcomes for each chapter provide students with a roadmap 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.
  • 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.

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Table of contents
  • 1. What is Sociology?
  • 2. Class
  • 3. Aboriginality and Australia’s Indigenous Peoples
  • 4. The Uses of Gender
  • 5. Ethnicity and Immigration: Challenging the National Imaginary?
  • 6. The Knowledge Generation
  • 7. Illness, Health and the Pursuit of Wellbeing
  • 8. Personal Lives
  • 9. Deviance or Difference?
  • 10. The Working Environment
  • 11. Power and the State
  • 12. Religion and Spirituality
  • 13. Globalisation and the City
  • 14. From Mass Media to Social Media
  • 15. Changing the Climate: Modernity at its Limits
  • 16. Sociological Theory
  • 17. How to Carry out a Simple Research Project (available online)

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