Sociologic eBook

Analysing Everyday Life and Culture

Second Edition

James Arvanitakis

Sociologic eBook

Analysing Everyday Life and Culture

Second Edition

James Arvanitakis






17 Sep 2020




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A contemporary introduction to the study of Australian society

Sociologic introduces students to the study of contemporary society, through everyday life examples and themes. It encourages a boundless curiosity about the social world around us and what it means to take a sociological perspective on Australian society.

Written by teachers of sociology, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated with current sociological, cultural and geographical theories and examples. It guides students through the various sociological concepts and how they can relate and apply these theories to their own experiences of everyday life. This insight equips students to have informed discussions about what traditions of our society are important for us to protect and keep, and what parts of society we believe we should challenge and change.


  • Five new chapters:
    • Nation and Nationalism in a Globalised World
    • Society and the Environment
    • Technology and the Digital Childhood
    • Social Movements
    • Religion and Contemporary Society
  • Takes a sociological view of how society has been affected by current events including COVID-19 and the 2019/20 bushfires
  • Updated student and practitioner profiles help students learn practical examples through the voices and perspectives of real people
  • New themed theory boxes make the text easier to navigate and provide students with historical and current day examples; theory discussion; and sociology methods in action
  • Critical reflection and discussion questions encourage students to reflect on their own lives and how the theories outlined relate to their experiences
  • New contributors of the text are current teachers who understand the tools students need to analyse how society functions, operates, and changes.


Part 1: Introduction and Foundations

1: Introduction

2: Leap into Sociology

3: Studying Society and Culture

4: Researching the World Around Us

5: Modernity and Modernisation

6: Class and Class Relations

7: Sex and Gender

8: Power in Contemporary Society

9: Race and Ethnicity

10: Nation and Nationalism in a Globalised World

Part 2: Global Issues

11: Globalisation

12: Society and the Environment

13: Technology and the Digital Childhood

14: Media, Social Media, and Generation Swipe

15: Social Movements

Part 3: Social Issues

16: Indigenous Australia

17: Youth and Young People

18: Deviance and Moral Panics

19: Work and Society

20: Society and the World of Sports

21: Religion and Contemporary Society

22: Conclusion and How to Change the World


Edited by:

James Arvanitakis - Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Western Sydney University and a member of the University's Institute for Culture and Society. Named as the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year (2012), he has worked with educators to bring sociological theory to life in South Africa, India, the United Kingdom and most recently in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wyoming.


Verity Archer - Lecturer in Sociology, Federation University.

Aisling Bailey - Lecturer in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology.

Glenda Ballantyne - Senior Lecturer (Sociology) and Deputy Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Swinburne University.

Michelle Black - Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Australian Catholic University.

Denise Buiten - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Justice, University of Notre Dame Australia.

Trudi Cooper - Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University.

Jen Couch - Senior Lecturer in Youth Work and international development, Australian Catholic University.

Clare Davies - PhD Candidate and Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney.

Farida Fozdar - Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia.

Paula Geldens - Executive Dean at UniSA Justice and Society, University of South Australia.

Michael Guerzoni (PhD, University of Tasmania) serves in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of

Aboriginal Leadership, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Mitra Gusheh - Social Impact Practitioner with 20 years of experience across the higher education and social sectors.

Mitchell Hobbs - Senior Lecturer in Media and Public Relations, University of Sydney.

Justine Humphry - Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney.

Nihal Iscel has many years of experience working in the multicultural and disability sectors supporting people from refugee, humanitarian entrant and migrant backgrounds, including people with disability.

Benjamin T. Jones - Lecturer in History at Central Queensland University and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Studies Institute.

Duncan McDuie-Ra - Professor of Urban Sociology, University of Newcastle.

Nikki Moodie (Gomeroi) - Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne.

Joanne Orlando studies the intersection of technology, childhood, learning and lifestyle.

John A Rees - Professor of Politics and International Relations, School of Arts and Sciences, and Research Associate in Religion and Global Ethics, Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame Australia.

Annelisa Sipos has been working as a librarian at the Australian Catholic University since 2013 where she supports teaching and learning.

Karen Soldatic - Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, and Institute Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Mair Underwood - Anthropologist of the body and Lecturer in the School of Social Science, University of Queensland.

Lucas Walsh - Professor of Education Policy and Practice, Youth Studies in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

Maggie Walter is Palawa and a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania.

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Sociologic, second edition, for their course:

  • Instructor's Resource Manual
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • PowerPoints with chapter summary points
  • Key theorists
  • Glossary terms
  • Popular videos from the last edition, for example, 'Why Study Society’

For more information about the resources for Sociologic, second edition, please contact your Oxford Learning Resource Consultant.