Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society

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Marilyn Poole, John Germov
Allen & Unwin, 2006 - History
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Sociology permeates our everyday language, our media, government policies even the way we think. How can we identify it? How can developing a sociological gaze help us understand the way we live? Public Sociology shows that our lives are not solely determined by personal choices. Rather, we are affected by a raft of public issues, from the state of the economy to the availability of good quality health care, to new technologies. By developing a sociological gaze-or imagination-we can see the way private and public interact for better or worse in our lives. Public Sociology also emphasizes the utility and application of sociology in professional and community life. The authors show how the skills and tools of sociological training and an empirically grounded sociological perspective are essential to understanding and engaging with contemporary Australian society. Compiled by two of the most experienced teachers and textbook authors in Australian sociology, Public Sociology is a student-friendly and flexible learning tool. Leading authors provide accessible, topical and lively chapters based on contemporary empirical and theoretical work. The book also offers extensive student support including case studies, activities, related resources and a glossary.

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About the author (2006)

John Germov is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. He is editor of Second Opinion, and coeditor of A Sociology of Food and Nutrition. Marilyn Poole is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University. She is coeditor of Sociology: Australian connections and A Certain Age, and editor of Family: Changing families, changing times.

John Germov is a professor of sociology and is the coauthor of Get Great Information Fast.

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