5th Edition

Public Sociology An Introduction to Australian Society

Edited By John Germov, Marilyn Poole Copyright 2023
    608 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    608 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    Module 1: Doing Public Sociology

    1. The sociological gaze: Linking private lives to public issues

    John Germov and Marilyn Poole

    2. Sociological foundations: Early theorists and theories

    Marilyn Poole and John Germov

    3. Contemporary sociological theorists and theories

    Marilyn Poole and John Germov

    4. Sociological investigations: Doing social research

    Corrie Williams and Tara Renae McGee

    Module 2: Social Identities

    5. Socialisation: How we become who and what we are

    Marilyn Poole

    6. Youth, Identity, and Social Change

    David Farrugia

    7. Families and Intimate relationships

    Marilyn Poole

    8. Consumption and lifestyles

    Ian Woodward

    9. This Sporting Life

    Brent McDonald and Fiona McLachlan

    10. A sociology of licit and illicit drugs

    Maria Freij and John Germov

    Module 3: Social Differences and Inequalities

    11. Class and inequality in Australia

    Mark Western, Janeen Baxter and John Germov

    12. Gender and sexualities

    Julia Coffey, Akana Kanai, Megan Sharp and Barrie Shannon

    13. Ethnicity and belonging

    Zlatko Skrbiš and Jonathan Smith

    14. Indigenous Issues, Rights, and Sovereignty

    Jacob Prehn and Maggie Walter

    15. Religion and spirituality in contemporary Australia

    Andrew Singleton

    16. Deviance, crime, and social control

    Sharyn Roach Anleu

    Module 4: Social Transformations

    17. The social determinants of health and illness

    Marilyn Poole and John Germov

    18. Globalisation, power, and social movements

    Jan Pakulski

    19. Global risk and the surveillance state: A sociology of new terrorism

    Maria Freij and John Germov

    20. Working 24/7: The new work ethic

    John Germov

    21. A sociology of pandemics: The nexus of personal troubles and public issues

    Maria Freij

    22. Media and popular culture

    Timothy Marjoribanks

    23. Educating society: Sociological debates and dilemmas

    Julie McLeod and Samantha Mannix

    Module 5: Future Directions

    24. A sociological toolkit

    John Germov

    25. Writing a sociology essay

    John Germov

    26. Threshold learning outcomes for sociology

    John Germov


    John Germov is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Higher Education at Victoria University, Australia. John’s research interests span the social determinants of health, the social origins of food and alcohol habits, workplace change, and the history of sociology. He is the author and editor of 25 books including Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology, A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite (with Lauren Williams), Histories of Australian Sociology (with Tara McGee), and Hunter Wine: A History (with Julie McIntyre).

    Marilyn Poole was an Honorary Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University, Australia until 2022. Marilyn has long experience in the community sector and continues to work on advisory committees, particularly in the areas of health and community strengthening. She is author of Idols–Ideals–Identities: Women in Society, editor of Family: Changing Families, Changing Times, and co-editor of Sociology: Australian Connections (with Ray Jureidini) and A Certain Age: Women Growing Older (with Susan Feldman). She was a member of the Professional Education Taskforce that produced Family Violence: Everybody’s Business, Somebody’s Life.