First published in 1988, Dimensions of Australian Society has become a benchmark for empirical investigations of Australian society. Its distinct approach lies in combining the latest theoretical and conceptual insights with thorough investigations and analyses of available research evidence. This new edition continues the fine traditions established in previous editions. Key aspects of Australia's demographic, socioeconomic and political organisation are brought into focus. Each chapter begins with a review of issues drawn from Australian and international literature, then presents the findings of our own investigations using large-scale data sources such as the population census and national sample surveys. The scope of this new edition is comprehensive. Family, gender, ethnicity and religion provide the early focus, together with an expanded analysis of indigenous Australia. Next come chapters on education and work, complemented by a detailed investigation of health and ageing. The focus then turns to Australia's political landscape: attitudes, leadership, partisanship and voting behaviour. A feature of this edition is a new chapter on globalisation, with emphasis on global governance, environment, terrorism and the nation state. This book also serves as a practical guide to research and data analysis in the social sciences. Graphs and charts are used throughout, illustrating at a glance differences between groups and trends over time. The use and interpretation of popular statistical techniques is made accessible by careful explanation and examples.