Dimensions of Australian Society

Overview

This book examines key aspects of social and political behaviour in Australia. It is divided into three sections. The first focuses on demographic processes of family formation and attachment, gender relations, race and ethnic cleavages, and religious commitment. The second examines socio-economic processes of educational attainment, class formation and social stratification, together with class sentiments, health and deviance. The third section examines political issues, political leaders, partisanship and ...
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Overview

This book examines key aspects of social and political behaviour in Australia. It is divided into three sections. The first focuses on demographic processes of family formation and attachment, gender relations, race and ethnic cleavages, and religious commitment. The second examines socio-economic processes of educational attainment, class formation and social stratification, together with class sentiments, health and deviance. The third section examines political issues, political leaders, partisanship and voting behaviour. Each chapter presents a review of major issues drawn from Australian and international literature, and provides original analysis of research evidence derived from census and survey data. The emphasis is on combining sound theoretical insights with a systematic approach to research. This revised edition of Dimensions of Australian Society utilises the most recent data from the Census and from representative national sample surveys. Three new chapters on Aborigines, health and deviance are a feature of this revision. The book also serves as a unique practical guide to research and data analysis in the social sciences by employing a variety of popular statistical techniques. In this revision, the use and interpretation of these techniques is carefully illustrated in a way that makes them more accessible for the beginning student.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333501559
  • Publisher: International Specialized Book Services
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and figures
Abbreviations
Preface
Ch. 1 Social research and data analysis 1
Ch. 2 Family 19
Ch. 3 Gender 49
Ch. 4 Ethnicity 78
Ch. 5 Aborigines 116
Ch. 6 Religion 139
Ch. 7 Education 169
Ch. 8 Class and stratification 198
Ch. 9 Class sentiments 236
Ch. 10 Health 263
Ch. 11 Crime and deviance 298
Ch. 12 Political attitudes and ideology 325
Ch. 13 Political parties, partisanship, and voting 355
Appendix 383
References 386
Index 415
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