This text shows students how they can locate themselves in Australian society and in the world, encouraging them to move beyond commonsense understandings and to develop critical thinking skills. It looks at the forces which drive change in society today,...
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This text shows students how they can locate themselves in Australian society and in the world, encouraging them to move beyond commonsense understandings and to develop critical thinking skills. It looks at the forces which drive change in society today, and how different groups are reacting to the rapid pace of change.;The authors introduce theoretical concerns in the context of substantive topics and include a mapping chapter for revision. Chapters are presented in a manner intended to take into account students' concerns and include youth, gender and sexuality, the media and globalization, as well as the family, power and governance, modernity, ethnicity, work, inequality and deviance.
Introductory text for sociology students and those interested in the dynamics of Australian society. Defines sociology and discusses concepts such as identity, globalisation, power and knowledge, and relates these to the Australian experience. Examines changes that are occurring in Australia and looks at the ways in which people react to these changes. Includes references, a glossary and an index. Bessant lectures in sociology at the Australian Catholic University and Watts lectures in sociology at RMIT.
Why study sociology? Sociology gives us the tools we need to understand our lives and the lives of the people around us. It shows us that our commonsense understanding of the world isn't always right, and enables us to find out what actually shapes our lives.In Sociology AustraliaJudith Bessant and Rob Watts show how to develop a sociological perspective on what is happening in Australia today. Far-reaching social changes are taking place in Australia which affect us all. Globalisation is impacting upon our economy and culture, many people worry about the decline of 'family values', and race has become a heated issue. Using a sociological perspective we can explain why these changes are experienced as exciting, unsettling or devastating by different groups of people.The book is structured around six key questions:* what is sociology?* who are we and how do we come to be who we are?* how do we know the world in which we live?* can we make our lives as we want them?* who makes the decisions that shape our society?* what changes are taking place in Australia?Sociology Australiais an ideal introduction to the discipline of sociology for students and anyone else interested in the dynamics of Australian society today.
Judith Bessant is Reader at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Social Policy and Advocacy Research Centre at the ACU. She has researched and published extensively in the areas of social policy, youth studies, social theory, sociology and education.
- Part 1 What Is Sociology?: Modernity And Sociology
- Mapping Sociological Theories
- Doing Sociology. Part 2 Being Yourself, Being Australian: Ourselves,
- Myself, Yourself
- Ourselves In Families
- Being Young - Age And Identity
- Sex And Gender In Australia
- Neighbours - Identity, Ethnicity And Multiculturalism. Part 3
- Globalization, Work And Inequality: Australia In A Globalizing World
- Unemployment, The Future Of Work And Globalization
- Class And Inequality In Australia
- Poverty And Inequality In Australia. Part 4 Power And Knowledge: Being
- Different - Deviance, Order And Power
- Knowing The World - The Australian Media.