Explores why sociology is important and relevant to everyday life. This balanced, attractive, totally up-to-date text is unrivalled in its ability to get students to see the connections between themselves and the social world. It teaches students how to think sociologically, not just what to think, and shows how sociology can help us make sense of our lives. Conversational and engaging, it comprehensively covers key aspects and current issues in Australian and New Zealand society, whilst emphasising the importance of diversity and a global perspective. It stands out for its ability to present sociological concepts in a fresh, contemporary light, offering examples from music, sports, movies, TV, fashion, the internet and other elements of popular culture.