Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society

Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society


Germov, J. & Poole, M. (eds) 2019, Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society, 4th edition, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.


Now into its fourth edition, Public Sociology continues to highlight the relevance of a grounded sociological perspective to Australian social life, as well as encouraging students to apply a sociological gaze to their own lives and the communities in which they live.

Designed as a flexible learning tool, it takes an applied approach, demonstrating the value of a sociological perspective on contemporary Australian life, by focussing on how we understand the links between our personal troubles and wider public issues in society today.

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 reflect the latest sociological debates in response to changing lifestyles and evolving political landscapes. In addition to the latest citations to the scholarly literature, the text features a completely new chapter on gender and sexualities with expanded discussion of LGBTIQ+ matters. This new edition also explores contemporary issues ranging from the #MeToo movement to marriage equality, fake news and ‘alt facts’.