Public Sociology highlights the relevance of sociological perspectives to Australian social life and encourages students to apply a sociological gaze to their own lives and the communities in which they live. This fully revised and updated fifth edition adds new chapters and material on a wide range of contemporary issues, from the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘fake news’ to Iindigenous issues and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Public Sociology presents a wide range of topics in a user-friendly and accessible way, introducing key theories and research methods, and exploring core themes, including youth, families and intimate relationships, class and inequality, and race and ethnic relations. All chapters have been extensively revised to bring them up to date in a fast-changing social world, reflecting the latest sociological debates in response to changing lifestyles and evolving political landscapes. In addition to updated statistics and research findings, an expanded glossary and the latest citations to the scholarly literature, each chapter  includes numerous learning features for students and instructors, including definitions of key terms, concise summaries of main points, discussion questions and guides to further reading and additional resources.

This is the essential sociological reference to help students in the social sciences make sense of a complex and challenging world.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • New chapters on the COVID-19 pandemic, Indigenous issues, youth and identity, and sport
  • Exploration of the latest social issues including the pandemic, BLM, expanded discussion of gender, #MeToo, LGBTIQ+ and intersectionality, rising inequality and the ‘post-truth’ age
  • All chapters thoroughly revised and updated with the latest research
  • Updated design, images, and chapter opening vignettes to engage the reader

part Module 1|92 pages

Doing Public Sociology

chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

The sociological gaze

Linking private lives to public issues

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Sociological foundations

Early theorists and theories

part Module 2|137 pages

Social Identities

chapter Chapter 6|16 pages

Youth, identity, and social change

chapter Chapter 7|32 pages

Families and intimate relationships

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Consumption and lifestyles

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

This sporting life

chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

A sociology of licit and illicit drugs

part Module 3|130 pages

Social Differences and Inequalities

part Module 5|31 pages

Future Directions

chapter Chapter 24|12 pages

A sociological toolkit

chapter Chapter 25|14 pages

Writing a sociology essay

chapter Chapter 26|4 pages

Threshold learning outcomes for sociology