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Sociology permeates our everyday language, our media, government policies even the way we think. How can we identify it? How can developing a sociological gaze help us understand the way we live? Public Sociology shows that our lives are t solely determined by personal choices. Rather, we are affected by a raft of public issues, from the state of the ecomy to the availability of good quality health care, to new techlogies. By developing a sociological gaze - or imagination - we can see the way private and public interact for better or worse in our lives. Public Sociology also emphasises the utility and application of sociology in professional and community life. The authors show how the skills and tools of sociological training and an empirically grounded sociological perspective are essential to understanding and engaging with contemporary Australian society. Compiled by two of the most experienced teachers and textbook authors in Australian sociology, Public Sociology is a student-friendly and flexible learning tool. Leading authors provide accessible, topical and lively chapters based on contemporary empirical and theoretical work. The book also offers extensive student support including case studies, activities, related resources and a glossary.