The Martin Presence: Jean Martin and the Making of the Social Sciences in Australia
Peter Beilharz, Trevor Hogan, Sheila Shaver

Paperback | Jun 2015 | UNSW Press | 9781742232164 | 304pp | 234x153mm | GEN | AUD$39.99, NZD$47.99

Jean Martin was a pioneer of sociology, inventing a version of the discipline that was uniquely suited to Australia in the post-war period. 

Jean Isobel Martin (1923–79) made herself a sociologist before the discipline was established in Australia. Regarded as a founder of Australian sociology, her writing, teaching and policy helped shape Australia in the period of economic growth and social development that followed World War II. The Martin Presence is a biography that examines her life and her work across the concerns of the time – the needs of country towns, the factory work floor, families and urban structure, poverty and inequality, education and immigration – and explores her far-reaching influence on the social sciences in Australia.