Exploring Society

Exploring Society : Sociology for New Zealand Students, 4th Edition

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This is a 4th edition of New Zealand's leading sociology textbook. The book introduces sociological concepts and methods before investigating key areas of sociology (class, race, gender, family life, health, death, work, the city, populations, technology, religion, leisure and crime) through the New Zealand experience.
The book includes many useful pedagogical features:
* key word definitions and push text in the margins
* key themes highlighted
* study questions
* further reading
* engaging full colour photography
* case studies written by working sociologists.
This 4th edition has been revised and rewritten throughout by a renewed author team. Key changes include:
* data, examples and case studies completely updated
* chapters re-ordered and a new chapter on death added to reflect requests from departments using the book
as a teaching text
* more emphasis on tikanga and kaupapa Maori
* refreshed photograph selection with a local focus.
Exploring Society is an engaging, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction for New Zealand sociology students.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 190 x 248 x 33.02mm | 1,224.7g
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 1869409361
  • 9781869409364
  • 2,574,260

Table of contents

1 The sociological imagination: insights, themes and skills
The story of sociology I: understanding modernity
The story of sociology II: classical to contemporary
Sociological methods
Some ethical considerations of research by, with and for Maori - Lily George
Stratification and class
Class, colonialism and Maori - Evan Te Ahu Poata-Smith
Racism and ethnicity
Maori identities in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand - Tracey McIntosh
Gender, sexuality and identity
Classifications of sexuality and the re-emergenceof sexual fluidity - Chris Brickell
Family life
Who does what at your place? - Lesley Patterson and Katherine Forbes
Health, illness and medical power
Remaking 'madness' the development ofpeer support - Anne Scott
Dying and death in Aotearoa New Zealand
Funerals in Aotearoa New Zealand - Sally Raudon
Work and economic life
Precarious work - Marko Galic
The city and city life
The challenges of planning and the twenty-first century city - Suzanne Vallance
Population dynamics
International students - transnational mobilities - Jessica Terruhn
Technology today
Exploring society: youth, 'sexting' and Aotearoa New Zealand - Claire Meehan
Religion and society - Peter Lineham
Leisure and sport
The Olympic Games, the IOC and Agenda 2020 - Roslyn Kerr
Deviance and crime
Tales of crime - Jarrod Gilbert
The story of sociology III: new society, new sociological imagination
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About Ruth Mcmanus

Ruth McManus teaches in and researches on sociology and death studies. Steve Matthewman is associate professor of sociology at the University of Auckland and outgoing president of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). Chris Brickell is associate professor in gender studies at the University of Otago. Gregor McLennan is professor of sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. Paul Spoonley is the pro vice-chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.
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