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

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Auckland University Press, Jan 24, 2019 - Social Science - 508 pages
A brand new edition of the bestselling sociology textbook, written by New Zealand's leading sociologists for New Zealand students. To stores 1 February 2019 for first semester adoptions. 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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About the author (2019)

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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