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Being Sociological (3rd Edition)

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Being Sociological considers the lived experience of sociology, stressing the active nature of social life and highlighting the role that students can play in enacting social change. Fully reworked in this third edition,...

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Being Sociological considers the lived experience of sociology, stressing the active nature of social life and highlighting the role that students can play in enacting social change. Fully reworked in this third edition, with five brand new chapter topics and a diverse roster of new contributors, this textbook presents a fresh take on society today.

The book encourages readers to examine both enduring challenges and their potential solutions. Dynamic learning features help students unpack key ideas from sociological theory and apply them to today’s problems to cultivate their own sociological imagination. An inspiring read, this textbook will empower students to engage with sociology outside the classroom and embed it in their everyday lives.

With new contributors, fresh organisation and a vibrant student-centric focus, this third edition brings Being Sociological fully up to date and reaffirms its place as an invaluable introduction to sociology for students new to the field.


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An on-the-pulse take on society today, including reflection on some of the likely social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Coverage of current issues such as social movements, online identity and climate change balanced with foundational themes and ideas

Compact presentation offering a manageable overview to set students up for future study without overwhelming them

Emphasis on the active nature of sociology, motivating students to see relevance in their own lives

Expanded coverage with 5 new chapters, providing all the material expected for introductory courses

A diverse contributor panel offering an introduction not limited to a single society, mirroring the global, multi-cultural world in which we live and study

All chapters completely rewritten to provide a fresh overview of sociology today

Coverage of five new chapter subjects : including social movements, urbanization, migration and sport and leisure, reflecting their centrality in modern  life and in introductory sociology courses

A focus on the SHiP framework, moving away from social categories to consider instead society's structural composition, its historical patterns and power inequalities and their interplay in individual lives

A forward-looking, optimistic orientation, bolstered by new pedagogical features inviting students to consider pathways for change

Chapter 1. On Being Sociological - Steve Matthewman
Chapter 2. Researching - Bruce Curtis
Chapter 3. Globalizing - Lucy Mayblin
Chapter 4. Dividing: Inequalities - Daniel Smith
Chapter 5. Urbanizing - Adrian Franklin
Chapter 6. Working - Bruce Curtis
Chapter 7.Transgressing: Deviance - Sara Salman
Chapter 8. Becoming: Identities - Suzanne Woodward
Chapter 9. Racializing - David Mayeda
Chapter 10. Gendering - Kate Huppatz
Chapter 11. Sexualizing - Mary Holmes
Chapter 12. Relating: Families - Raelene Wilding
Chapter 13. Believing: Religions - Tracey McIntosh
Chapter 14. Educating - Farzana Shain
Chapter 15. Migrating - David Bartram
Chapter 16. Communicating - Luke Goode
Chapter 17. Consuming - Chris Rojek and Stephanie Baker
Chapter 18. Playing: Sport and Leisure - Thomas Thurnell-Read
Chapter 19. Mobilizing: Social Movements - Chamsy El Ojeili and Dylan Taylor
Chapter 20. Impacting: The Anthropocene - Steve Matthewman.

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Steve Matthewman is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. He is the former Head of Department of Sociology (2014-2017) and is the Immediate President of the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand (2014-2019).


Bruce Curtis is Head of School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Waikato and co-editor of New Zealand Sociology. He was President of the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand from 2005-2008.


David Mayeda is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland.


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Steve Matthewman is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. He is the former Head of Department of Sociology (2014-2017) and is the Immediate President of the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand (2014-2019).


Bruce Curtis is Head of School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Waikato and co-editor of New Zealand Sociology. He was President of the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand from 2005-2008.


David Mayeda is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland.


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