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by Daphne HabibisBrett Hutchins Karl Maton and others
Publication Date: 20/08/2016
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Building upon the strengths of previous editions, the sixth Australian edition of Sociology is an invaluable sourcebook that provides a solid understanding of Sociology in Australia.

It includes clear presentation and expression, breadth and depth of coverage, and up-to-date discussions of both theoretical debates and empirical research. Each chapter offers a global perspective, locating the Australian experience in the context of other parts of the world. 

The latest social science research has been included and every chapter been revised to keep abreast of current developments in Australian and international sociology.

New Features:

  • Statistics in figures and tables throughout the book have been updated.
  • Current social and political issues have been included throughout. 
  • Updated Global Perspective in each chapter.
  • A revised set of high quality instructor resources: Testbank, Instructor's Manual, Image Library and a NEW Powerpoint deck for each chapter.

Features and Benefits:

  • Key Australian and international scholarship is highlighted throughout the text.
  • Case studies providing different scenarios for discussion are a useful tool to help students with the practical application of sociological theory.
  • Opening vignettes captivate the reader’s attention and promote further discussion, encouraging active participation in the understanding of sociology.
  • Study questions encourage students to think deeper about the content and promotes independent learning and group discussion.
  • Further reading such list of books, films, journals and websites that provide useful additional information on the subjects covered in the chapter.
  • Tables & Figures act as illustrative aids to assist students in the understanding of key theories and current trends.
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6th Edition

Chapter 1: What is Sociology?
Chapter 2: Globalisation
Chapter 3: The media, communications and the network society
Chapter 4: Family life
Chapter 5: Education and knowledge
Chapter 6: Leisure, sport, tourism and work
Chapter 7: Class and inequality
Chapter 8: Indigenous, national, ethnical and racial
Chapter 9: Gender and sexuality
Chapter 10: Health
Chapter 11: Religion
Chapter 12: Power and the state
Chapter 13: Crime and deviance
Chapter 14: Methods of social research
Chapter 15: Sociology theory

Daphne Habibis

Daphne Habibis is Director of the Housing and Community Research Centre at the University of Tasmania. She has published widely in areas of inequality especially in relation to Aboriginal issues and housing. She is the co-author, with Professor Maggie Walter, of the monograph, Social Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Futures (Oxford University Press, 2008, 2015).

She is the lead investigator on a number of Australian Research Council and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute funded research projects concerning Aboriginal and Euro-Australian race relations,welfare conditionality in Aboriginal housing, and improving tenancy management in remote Aboriginal communities.

Brett Hutchins

Brett Hutchins is an Associate Professor in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland, graduating in 2001 and receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis (PhD).

His thesis was published as Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth by Cambridge University Press in 2002, receiving significant media and critical attention and appearing in paperback in 2005. Brett’s current research and teaching interests are in the areas of digital media, mobile media, sports media and environmental media.

His recent books include the research monograph, Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (Routledge, 2012, with David Rowe), and the international edited collections, Environmental Conflict and the Media (Peter Lang, 2013, with Libby Lester) and Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power and Culture in the Network Society (Routledge, 2013, with David Rowe)

Karl Maton

Karl Maton is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor at Rhodes University (South Africa). Karl has published extensively in sociology, education, and linguistics. He is the creator of Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), which is now being widely used by researchers in Australia, Europe, South Africa, China and elsewhere for both research and shaping practice. LCT is a key theoretical framework in over 80 ongoing and completed PhD studies, as well as three Australian Research Council Discovery Projects on cumulative knowledge-building in classrooms and on educational technology.

LCT is also being widely used to shape teaching and learning practices at all levels of education. Karl co-edited Social Realism, Knowledge and the Sociology of Education: Coalitions of the Mind (Continuum, 2010) and Disciplinarity: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives (Continuum, 2011). Karl’s book, Knowledge and Knowers: Towards a Realist Sociology of Education (Routledge, 2014), sets out key concepts from LCT and was published to widespread critical acclaim. A primer showing how to use LCT in research, Knowledge-building: Educational Studies in Legitimation Code Theory, was published by Routledge in late 2015.

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