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

Ruth McManus, Steve Matthewman, Chris Brickell, Gregor McLennan and Paul Spoonley

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 Māori
  • refreshed photograph selection with a local focus.

Exploring Society is an engaging, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction for New Zealand sociology students.
 

 

About the Editors

Ruth McManus teaches in and researches on sociology and death studies. President of New Zealand’s national sociological association SAANZ for five years, Ruth is an inaugural executive member of the Society for Death Studies (NZ) set up in 2014, which promotes research and understanding across all areas of death studies with particular reference to New Zealand academic, professional, artistic and practitioner communities. Her books include Death in a Global Age (Macmillan, 2012) and Death Down Under (forthcoming).

Steve Matthewman is associate professor of sociology at the University of Auckland and outgoing president of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). His teaching and research interests include introductory sociology, the sociology of disasters, social theory and the sociology of technology, and his current research looks at the rebuilding of Christchurch following its two earthquakes. Steve’s latest book is Disasters, Risks and Revelation: Making Sense of Our Times (Macmillan, 2015).

Chris Brickell is associate professor in gender studies at the University of Otago. He has published extensively on theories and histories of masculinity, sexuality, consumer culture and adolescence, as well as on the history of sociology in New Zealand. His best-known book is Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand (Random House, 2008).

Gregor McLennan is professor of sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. He has written many books and articles on sociological theory, Marxism and the various ‘posts’ – post-modernism, post-colonial thought and post-secularism. Gregor was professor and head of department at Massey University from 1991 to 1997.

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the pro vice-chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He was a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author or editor of 27 books, including the biography of Ranginui Walker Mata Toa: The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker (Penguin, 2009). He is a lead investigator on the government-funded research project, Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

February 2019, 248 x 190 mm, 492 pages
ISBN 9781869409364, $89.99