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Text Books by TASA Members

This page was created in April 2016 for TASA members to include details of their Sociology Textbook publications. At least one of the authors or editors (named on the cover) must be a member of TASA and the content needs to be about some aspect of Australian sociology (broadly defined). If you would like to see your publication listed here, please submit your the publication reference, genre and link using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Ist year Introductions
Ist year Introductions

Woodman, D and Threadgold, S. 2021. This is Sociology: A Short Introduction. Sage: London. Paperback: ISBN: 9781529768831. Hardcover: ISBN: 9781529768824.
This is Sociology: A Short Introduction is an engaging, concise introduction to the key concepts used for studying social life. It covers a diverse range of theorists from the rich history of sociology and shows how thinking sociologically can help us understand our lives, the groups we are part of, and the rapid social changes and inequalities that shape contemporary societies.

Arvanitakis, J. ed,. (2015). Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Sociologic is a contemporary introduction to sociology for the modern student. Readers will learn about sociological concepts through examination of a variety of theories and theorists, all the while relating and applying this knowledge to their own experiences of everyday life. Students will relish exploring the world of society and culture through personal narrative, humour, and examples.

What is the connection between our personal troubles and underlying public issues?

John Germov and Marilyn Poole (Eds.) (2018) Public Sociology: An introduction to Australian societyAllen & Unwin. 4th edition

Germov, J., & Poole, M., eds. (2015). Public Sociology: An introduction to Australian society. 3rd ed. Allen & Unwin.
Public Sociology focuses on the utility and relevance of a sociological perspective to every aspect of social life. The aim is to encourage in students the ability to critically reflect upon the forces – both local and global – shaping their own lives and the communities in which they live.

Holmes, D., Hughes, K., Julian, R. (2014). Australian Sociology: A Changing Society. 4th ed. Pearsons.

Australian Sociology fourth edition provides a concise and current introduction to the field of Sociology, through an analysis of Australian society. In doing so, it draws on a diverse range of perspectives as well as a myriad of topics that go to issues at the core of Australian social life. Our ever-changing society presents continuing challenges to sociological analysis. This new edition of Australian Sociology sets out to document these many changes, while retaining an organised analysis required of an introductory overview of Australian society.

Savy, P., Petray, T., & others. (2014).  (3rd ed.) – Sociology in Today’s World. 3rd ed. Cengage Learning.

Sociology in Today’s World third edition explores why sociology is important and relevant to everyday life. It teaches students how to think sociologically, not just what to think, and shows how sociology can help us make sense of our lives. It comprehensively covers key aspects and current issues in Australian and New Zealand society, whilst emphasising the importance of diversity and a global perspective. – See more at:

Beilharz, P.,
 Hogan, T. eds., (2012). Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives. 2nd ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives second edition introduces students to the study of society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Defining sociology as the data and patterns of everyday life, the book is structured around three sections: place, time and division. The many ways that the lives of Australians intersect with broader societal notions of place and geography, history and culture, institutions and social divisions are covered expertly and creatively by each of the contributors to this textbook.

Willis, E. (2011). The Sociological Quest. 5th ed. Allen & Unwin

What is sociology? How do you ‘do’ sociology? Starting sociology can be daunting. This bestselling short introduction takes the reader on a quest towards a sociological understanding of the world we live in. Using contemporary examples, The Sociological Questasks what is distinctive about the way sociologists view society. Evan Willis shows that they are concerned with the relationship between the individual and society, and that a sociological analysis involves an approach which is historical, cultural, structural and critical.

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Marshall, H., Douglas, K., & McDonnell, D. (2006). Deviance And Social Control: Who Rules? Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Deviance and Social Control: Who Rules? examines the bizarre and the everyday behaviours that some sociologists have labelled ‘deviance’. It outlines the history of sociological thought on deviance and engages with the debate about the ‘death of deviance’. The authors argue it is more useful to talk about rules and rule-breakers than deviance, and relate these ideas to our professional lives, where the idea of deviance continues to be important.

White, R., & Habibis, D.  (2004) Crime And Society.
 Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Crime and Society is a dedicated analysis of the major forms of crime which affect society today. This reader-friendly text combines descriptive and analytical material on crime, enabling students to use it as a guide to the key issues in the field and as a first point of reference for further study. Following a logical pattern, each chapter begins with an introduction to the topic, which then leads into an examination of the trends. An explanation of the key issues then follows and the chapter concludes with an examination of contemporary research findings. Crime and Society covers all major new topics, including those not generally seen in texts in this area, for example, regulation of practice and whistle blowing.

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Family and Relationships
Family and Relationships

Raelene Wilding (2017). Families, Intimacy and Globalization: Floating TiesPalgrave.

This book examines the traditional ways of conceptualising family and explores how increased mobility, migration and changes in technology and culture caring from afar or transnational partnerships. It takes a cutting edge look at a longstanding topic of teaching.

Dempsey, D. & Lindsay, J. (2014) Families, Relationships and Intimate Life. 2nd ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Families, Relationships and Intimate Life Second Edition is a thorough exploration of the controversies, contradictions and broad patterns that characterise contemporary relationships and families. Beginning with the conceptual scaffolding of families in their historical and cultural context this text includes the key cultural differences of ethnicity, class and sexuality.

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Connell, R., & Pearse, R., (2014). Gender: In World Perspective, 3rd Edition. Polity.

How can we understand gender in the contemporary world? What psychological differences now exist between women and men? How are masculinities and femininities made? And what is the relationship between gender issues and globalizing concerns such as environmental change and economic restructuring?

Raewyn Connell, one of the world’s leading scholars in the field, is here joined by Rebecca Pearse as they answer these questions and more. Their book provides a readable introduction to modern gender studies, covering empirical research from all parts of the world in addition to theory and politics. As well as introducing the field, Gender provides a powerful contemporary framework for gender analysis with a strong and distinctive global awareness. Highlighting the multi-dimensional character of gender relations, the authors show how to link personal life with large-scale organizational structures and how gender politics changes its form in changing situations.

The third edition of this influential and accessible book includes a whole new chapter on ecofeminism, environmental justice and sustainability. It also brings the review of research up to date throughout and explains new debates and emerging gender theories.

Gender is engaged scholarship that moves from personal experience to global problems and offers a unique perspective on gender issues today.

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Germov, J. (2013). Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology. 2nd ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology Fifth Edition is the leading health sociology textbook for Australian students. Accompanied by comprehensive online resources with innovative teaching and learning materials, this outstanding teaching text introduces students to the theories, concepts and contexts needed to understand the social origins of health and illness.

Germov, J.,
 & Williams, L. (2008). A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite. 3rd ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

A Sociology of Food and Nutrition third edition examines the social context of food and nutrition by exploring the socio-cultural, political, economic, and philosophical factors that influence food production, distribution and consumption. Leading authors in the field provide a contemporary analysis of the social factors that underlie food choice.

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Waller, Vivienne, Farquharson, Karen, and Dempsey, Deborah (2016) Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age, London, Sage.

Qualitative Social Research employs an accessible approach to present the multiple ways in which criticism enhances research practice. Packed full of relevant, ‘real world’ examples, it showcases the strengths and pitfalls of each research method, integrating the philosophical groundings of qualitative research with thoughtful overviews of a range of commonly used methods.

Bouma, G.D.,
 Carland, S. (2016).  The Research Process. 6th ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

The sixth edition of The Research Process is an easy-to-use introduction to research methods. The book emphasizes the process of research in an accessible and readable way, taking a non-statistical and non-mathematical approach for new students.

Wadsworth, Y. (2011).
 Building in Research and Evaluation, Allen & Unwin.

Building in Research and Evaluation explores a new approach for bringing about both wanted change and stability. By inquiring around ‘whole cycles’ of acting, observing, questioning, feeling, reflecting, thinking, planning and acting again, Yoland identifies how new life might be brought to what we do.

Wadsworth, Y. (2011). Everyday Evaluation on the Run. 3rd ed.  Allen & Unwin.

Everyday Evaluation on the Run offers a practical over view of the main approaches to evaluation, strategies for involving stakeholders, and the evaluation industry’s toolbox of models and techniques. The author emphasises the core principles and concepts of evaluation, and the idea of building a culture of evaluation.

Wadsworth, Y. (2011).
 Do it Yourself Social Research, Allen & Unwin.

Do It Yourself Social Research is the bestselling practical guide to doing social research projects.  Over three decades this bestselling user-friendly introduction has been used by thousands of students, professionals and community groups to kick start their social research projects.

Walter, M. (2013). Social Research Methods. 3rd ed.  Oxford University Press. 

Social Research Methods brings social research to life for students, using both theory and practical examples to illustrate the relevance of research methods in their future careers. It equips students with the tools required to develop a clear understanding of the nature of research and to gain an appreciation of the wide range of methods available.

Written in accessible style and with a clear structure, Social Research Methods encourages students to develop a set of practical research skills in line with contemporary Australian social research practices.

Ezzy, D (2002) Qualitative Analysis: Practice and Innovation. Allen and Unwin

Qualitative Analysis offers a detailed introduction to the practice of data analysis that is both user-friendly and theoretically grounded.

Drawing on his extensive experience of qualitative research, Douglas Ezzy reviews approaches to data analysis in established research traditions including ethnography, phenomenology and symbolic interactionism, alongside the newer approaches informed by cultural studies and feminism. He explains the difference between inductive, deductive and abductive theory building, provides a guide to computer-assisted analysis and outlines techniques such as journal writing, team meetings and participant reviews.

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Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity

Fozdar, F., Wilding, R., & Hawkins, M. (2008)  Race and Ethnic Relation. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Race and Ethnic Relations brings together theoretical and substantive issues on race, migration and multiculturalism and places them in an Australian context. Divided into three sections this text covers a broad scope of issues and theory, combining insights from traditional sociological theory, as well as anthropological and social psychology approaches.

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Scott, J., & Hawkes, G. (2004). Perspectives in Human Sexuality. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Perspectives in Human Sexuality is an authoritative and critical overview of key debates, research findings and theories in the important area of sex and sexuality. Written in a clear and accessible style, controversial issues are discussed in an informative and fair, balanced manner. With its sociological orientation, Perspectives in Human Sexuality employs a range of empirical and theoretical resources, including those which utilise scientific, medical, historical and ethical knowledge in order to elucidate the critical issues affecting contemporary life. This is the first textbook written especially for undergraduate students to offer a detailed and comprehensive introduction to sex and sexuality from an Australian and New Zealand perspective.

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Social Inequality
Social Inequality

Habibis, D. & Walter, M. (2015). Social Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Futures. 2nd ed. Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. 

Social Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Futures provides detailed coverage of the key dimensions of the nature and extent of inequality and difference in Australian society. It examines how social inequality affects different social groups, explores the role of culture in the social reproduction of hierarchy and difference, and incorporates discussion about the effects of globalisation on inequality and difference in Australia.

Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate