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A Ranking Of The Best Sociology Books

July 26, 2017
Sociology

“What are the best Sociology Books?” We looked at 467 of the top Sociology books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Sociology is the latest scientific subject for us to cover. We have slowly built up a nice little backlog of other sciences, Statistics, EntomologyAstronomyPhysics, EvolutionBotanyQuantum Physics, and several more scientific areas.

The top 18 books, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Sociology” book lists, are below arranged by the number of times they appear. The remaining 400+ books, as well as the sources we used, can be found in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 18 Sociology Books



18 .) Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work—but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as “a prodigious achievement.”

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans’ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures—whether they be PTA, church, or political parties—have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. “

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17 .) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“The full magnitude of Benedict Anderson’s intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated. Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism, filling the vacuum that previously existed in the traditions of Western thought. Cited more often than any other single English-language work in the human sciences, it is read around the world in more than thirty translations.

Written with exemplary clarity, this illuminating study traces the emergence of community as an idea to South America, rather than to nineteenth-century Europe. Later, this sense of belonging was formed and reformulated at every level, from high politics to popular culture, through print, literature, maps and museums. Following the rise and conflict of nations and the decline of empires, Anderson draws on examples from South East Asia, Latin America and Europe’s recent past to show how nationalism shaped the modern world.”

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16 .) Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

Michel Foucault examines the archeology of madness in the West from 1500 to 1800 – from the late Middle Ages, when insanity was still considered part of everyday life and fools and lunatics walked the streets freely, to the time when such people began to be considered a threat, asylums were first built, and walls were erected between the “insane” and the rest of humanity.

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15 .) Rules of the Sociological Method by Emile Durkheim

Lists It Appears On:

  • Social Science Careers
  • Goodreads 2
  • We Speak For Earth

“he Rules of Sociological Method represents Emile Durkheim’s manifesto for sociology. He argues forcefully for the objective, scientific, and methodological underpinnings of sociology as a discipline and establishes guiding principles for future research.

The substantial new introduction by leading Durkheim scholar Steven Lukes explains and sets into context Durkheim’s arguments. Lukes examines the still-controversial debates about The Rules of Sociological Method’s six chapters and explains their relevance to present-day sociology. The edition also includes Durkheim’s subsequent thoughts on method in the form of articles, debates with scholars from other disciplines, and letters. The original translation has been revised and reworked in order to make Durkheim’s arguments clearer and easier to read. “

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14 .) Sociology by Anthony Giddens

Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear IAS
  • List Muse
  • Goodreads 2

Introduction to Sociology focuses only on what students need to know in order to master the sociological concepts taught in the introductory course. Each chapter in the Tenth Edition follows the same consistent four-part structure: First, the authors introduce the basic concepts before discussing sociological theory. They then turn their attention to current research and finally wrap up by exploring unanswered questions that face sociologists today. This consistent, thoughtful organization―coupled with learning objectives, Concept Checks, and Big Picture concept maps―keeps students focused on the core concepts. Now supported by InQuizitive, the Tenth Edition builds on the book’s long-standing strengths: emphasis on linking micro and macro sociology, coverage of the best recent research, and an exceptionally affordable price relative to other comprehensive texts.

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13 .) Sociology: Themes And Perspectives by Michael Haralambos

Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear IAS
  • Nice IAS
  • Goodreads

The eighth edition of this essential resource covers new and completely up-to-date sociological teaching, with the latest research, empirical studies and theoretical developments, includes new Chapter ‘Development and Globalisation’.

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12 .) Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity by Erving Goffman

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • The Society Pages
  • Goodreads 2

“Stigma is an illuminating excursion into the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Disqualified from full social acceptance, they are stigmatized individuals. Physically deformed people, ex-mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, or those ostracized for other reasons must constantly strive to adjust to their precarious social identities. Their image of themselves must daily confront and be affronted by the image which others reflect back to them.

Drawing extensively on autobiographies and case studies, sociologist Erving Goffman analyzes the stigmatized person’s feelings about himself and his relationship to “normals” He explores the variety of strategies stigmatized individuals employ to deal with the rejection of others, and the complex sorts of information about themselves they project. In Stigma the interplay of alternatives the stigmatized individual must face every day is brilliantly examined by one of America’s leading social analysts.”

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11 .) The Civilizing Process by Norbert Elias

Lists It Appears On:

  • ISA
  • List Muse
  • The Society Pages

The Civilizing Process stands out as Norbert Elias’ greatest work, tracing the “civilizing” of manners and personality in Western Europe since the late Middle Ages by demonstrating how the formation of states and the monopolization of power within them changed Western society forever.

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10 .) The Lonely Crowd by David Riesman

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • List Muse
  • The Society Pages

The Lonely Crowd is considered by many to be the most influential book of the twentieth century. Its now-classic analysis of the “new middle class” in terms of inner-directed and other-directed social character opened exciting new dimensions in our understanding of the psychological, political, and economic problems that confront the individual in contemporary American society. The 1969 abridged and revised edition of the book is now reissued with a new foreword by Todd Gitlin that explains why the book is still relevant to our own era.

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9 .) The Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • ISA
  • List Muse

Called the “fifth-most important sociological book of the 20th century” by the International Sociological Association, this groundbreaking study of knowledge introduces the concept of “social construction” into the social sciences for the first time. In it, Berger and Luckmann reformulate the task of the sociological subdicipline that, since Max Scheler, has been known as the sociology of knowledge.

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8 .) The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard G. Wilkinson; Kate Pickett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Real Sociology
  • List Muse
  • Goodreads 2

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone is the most influential and talked-about book on society in the last decade – now updated with a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited. Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Australians?

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7 .) The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • Goodreads 2
  • Ranker

“In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

This seemingly counterintuitive notion has endless and major ramifications for how businesses operate, how knowledge is advanced, how economies are (or should be) organized and how we live our daily lives. With seemingly boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, economic behaviorism, artificial intelligence, military history and political theory to show just how this principle operates in the real world.

Despite the sophistication of his arguments, Surowiecki presents them in a wonderfully entertaining manner. The examples he uses are all down-to-earth, surprising, and fun to ponder. Why is the line in which you’re standing always the longest? Why is it that you can buy a screw anywhere in the world and it will fit a bolt bought ten-thousand miles away? Why is network television so awful? If you had to meet someone in Paris on a specific day but had no way of contacting them, when and where would you meet? Why are there traffic jams? What’s the best way to win money on a game show? Why, when you walk into a convenience store at 2:00 A.M. to buy a quart of orange juice, is it there waiting for you? What do Hollywood mafia movies have to teach us about why corporations exist?”

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6 .) Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology by Max Weber

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • ISA
  • Social Science Careers
  • Goodreads 2

“Published posthumously in the early 1920’s, Max Weber’s Economy and Society has since become recognized as one of the greatest sociological treatises of the 20th century, as well as a foundational text of the modern sociological imagination.

The first strictly empirical comparison of social structures and normative orders conducted in world-historical depth, this two volume set of Economy and Society—now with new introductory material contextualizing Weber’s work for 21st century audiences—looks at social action, religion, law, bureaucracy, charisma, the city, and the political community.

Meant as a broad introduction for an educated general public, in its own way Economy and Society is the most demanding textbook yet written by a sociologist. The precision of its definitions, the complexity of its typologies, and the wealth of its historical content make the work an important challenge to our sociological thought: for the advanced undergraduate who gropes for her sense of society, for the graduate student who must develop his own analytical skills, and for the scholar who must match wits with Weber.”

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5 .) The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • ISA
  • List Muse
  • The Society Pages

Max Weber’s best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber’s highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West. Widely considered as the most informed work ever written on the social effects of advanced capitalism, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism holds its own as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The book is one of those rare works of scholarship which no informed citizen can afford to ignore.

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4 .) The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Book Depository
  • Social Science Careers
  • Goodreads 2

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

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3 .) Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste by Pierre Bourdieu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • List Muse
  • Social Science Careers
  • Goodreads 2
  • ISA

“No judgement of taste is innocent. In a word, we are all snobs. Pierre Bourdieu brilliantly illuminates this situation of the middle class in the modern world. France’s leading sociologist focusses here on the French bourgeoisie, its tastes and preferences. Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind.

In the course of everyday life people constantly choose between what they find aesthetically pleasing and what they consider tacky, merely trendy, or ugly. Bourdieu bases his study on surveys that took into account the multitude of social factors that play a part in a Frenchperson’s choice of clothing, furniture, leisure activities, dinner menus for guests, and many other matters of taste. What emerges from his analysis is that social snobbery is everywhere in the bourgeois world. The different aesthetic choices people make are all distinctions-that is, choices made in opposition to those made by other classes. Taste is not pure. Bourdieu finds a world of social meaning in the decision to order bouillabaisse, in our contemporary cult of thinness, in the “”California sports”” such as jogging and cross-country skiing. The social world, he argues, functions simultaneously as a system of power relations and as a symbolic system in which minute distinctions of taste become the basis for social judgement.”

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2 .) Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • Letter Pile
  • Book Depository
  • Real Sociology
  • Goodreads 2

“Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much heralded scholar who studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life-;from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing-;and whose conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. He usually begins with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives-;how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they set out to explore the hidden side of … well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan.”

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1 .) The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills

Lists It Appears On:

  • We Speak For Earth
  • ISA
  • List Muse
  • Social Science Careers
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.

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The Additional Best Books About Sociology



 

# Book Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
19 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell Letter Pile
Goodreads 2
20 Caste Its Twentieth Century Avatar M. N. SRINIVAS Clear IAS
Nice IAS
21 Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville List Muse
The Society Pages
22 Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Michel Foucault List Muse
Goodreads 2
23 Escape from Freedom Erich Fromm Ranker
Goodreads
24 Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach James M. Henslin Ranker
Bethel University
25 Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Eric Schlosser Ranker
Goodreads 2
26 Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets Sudhir Venkatesh Goodreads 2
Real Sociology
27 Guns, Germs And Steel Jared M. Diamond Book Depository
We Speak For Earth
28 Ideology and Utopia Karl Mannheim List Muse
The Society Pages
29 Main Currents in Sociological Thought Raymond Aron List Muse
Nice IAS
30 Modern Romance Aziz Ansari Book Depository
Goodreads 2
31 Modernization Of Indian Tradition Yogendra Singh Nice IAS
Clear IAS
32 Orientalism Edward W. Said List Muse
Goodreads 2
33 Oxford Dictionary Of Sociology John Scott; Gordon Marshall Bethel University
Clear IAS
34 Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha Book Depository
Bookriot
35 Superfreakonomics Steven D. Levitt Book Depository
Goodreads 2
36 The Beauty Myth Naomi Wolf We Speak For Earth
Goodreads 2
37 The Communist Manifesto Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx We Speak For Earth
Goodreads 2
38 The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs List Muse
Goodreads 2
39 The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Émile Durkheim Goodreads 2
We Speak For Earth
40 The Marx-Engels Reader Robert C. Tucker; Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels List Muse
Goodreads
41 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander Goodreads
Goodreads 2
42 The Power Elite C. Wright Mills List Muse
The Society Pages
43 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life Erving Goffman ISA
List Muse
44 The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry Jon Ronson Book Depository
Goodreads 2
45 The Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir We Speak For Earth
List Muse
46 The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Naomi Klein Real Sociology
Goodreads 2
47 The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere Jürgen Habermas Ranker
The Society Pages
48 The Structure of Social Action Talcott Parsons ISA
List Muse
49 The Theory of Communicative Action Jurgen Habermas ISA
List Muse
50 The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements Eric Hoffer Social Science Careers
Goodreads 2
51 Unequal Childhoods Annette Lareau We Speak For Earth
List Muse
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
52 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Chang, Ha-Joon Real Sociology
53 A Civil Action Jonathan Harr Ranker
54 A Different Mirror Ronald Tataki We Speak For Earth
55 A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness David Pilgrim Goodreads
56 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecroft We Speak For Earth
57 A Voice from the South Anna Julia Cooper The Society Pages
58 Abnormal Psychology Ronald J. Comer Goodreads
59 Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood Kristin Luker The Society Pages
60 Africa: Altered states, ordinary miracles Dowden, R. Real Sociology
61 Against Method Paul Feyerabend List Muse
62 Agrarian Revolution Jeffrey M. Paige List Muse
63 America Alone Mark Steyn Ranker
64 American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass Douglas Massey; Nancy Denton List Muse
65 American Savage Bookriot
66 Amusing Ourselves to Death Letter Pile
67 An Engine, Not a Camera Donald MacKenzie Five Books
68 Anti Utopia Dipankar Gupta Nice IAS
69 Armed America Kyle Cassidy Ranker
70 Asian American Dreams Helen Zia We Speak For Earth
71 Asylums Erving Goffman List Muse
72 Bad Science Goldacre, B. Real Sociology
73 Banksy’s Bristol: Home Sweet Home: The Unofficial Guide Steven Wright Goodreads
74 Basic Concepts in Sociology Max Weber List Muse
75 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katherine Boo Goodreads 2
76 Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates Goodreads 2
77 Black Reconstruction W.E.B. DuBois The Society Pages
78 Body Talk: The Material and Discursive Regulation of Sexuality, Madness and Reproduction Jane M. Ussher Goodreads
79 Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Bookriot
80 Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America Barbara Ehrenreich Goodreads 2
81 Bringing it all back home Lawrence Grossberg Ranker
82 Capital Karl Marx List Muse
83 Capitalism and modern social theory Anthony Giddens Nice IAS
84 Captive State: The corporate takeover of Britain Monbiot, G. Real Sociology
85 Caste in modern India and other essays M.N.Srinivas Nice IAS
86 Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India Nicholas B. Dirks Goodreads
87 Celebrity Culture Ellis Cashmore Goodreads
88 Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class Owen Jones Goodreads
89 Chinese Education in Singapore: An Untold Story of Conflict and Change Zhixiong Zhang Goodreads
90 Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Peggy Orenstein Goodreads 2
91 Civilization and Capitalism Fernand Braudel List Muse
92 Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society Ralf Dahrendorf The Society Pages
93 Class, Race, Gender, and Crime Jeanne Flavin; Gregg Barak; Paul Leighton Bethel University
94 Coming of Age in Samoa Margaret Mead We Speak For Earth
95 Coming to America Roger Daniels We Speak For Earth
96 Communalism, caste and Hindu nationalism Ornit Shani Nice IAS
97 Conscious evolution Barbara Marx Hubbard Ranker
98 Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities Stephen J. Hunt Goodreads
99 Continuities in cultural evolution Margaret Mead Ranker
100 Conversations with Anthony Giddens Anthony Giddens Ranker
101 Corrosion of Character Richard Sennett The Society Pages
102 Crime Control as Industry Nils Christie List Muse
103 Criminalistics Richard Saferstein Ranker
104 Critical Path Buckminster Fuller Ranker
105 Critique of Everyday Life Henri Lefebvre List Muse
106 Cultural Anthropology William A. Haviland Ranker
107 Cultural change in India Y.Singh Nice IAS
108 Cultural studies and cultural value John Frow Ranker
109 Culture and Integration of Indian Tribes R.S.Mann Nice IAS
110 Culture and Values Lawrence S. Cunningham Ranker
111 Culture Jam Kalle Lasn We Speak For Earth
112 Culture of Fear Furedi, F. Real Sociology
113 Data trash Arthur Kroker Ranker
114 David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell Goodreads 2
115 Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference Cordelia Fine Goodreads 2
116 Democracy and ethnic conflict Rajat Ganguly Nice IAS
117 Democracy and Social Ethics Jane Addams The Society Pages
118 Demography is Politics: How We Control Demographic Change Joanne Rodrigues Goodreads
119 Development-induced displacement and resettlement Jason Stanley Nice IAS
120 Dialectic of Enlightenment Theodor W. Adorno List Muse
121 Digital Capitalism Dan Schiller Ranker
122 Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics Andy Field Book Depository
123 Doctoring the mind : why psychiatric treatments fail Richard P. Bentall Goodreads
124 Durkheim Anthony Giddens Ranker
125 Eros and Civilization Herbert Marcuse List Muse
126 Essays in socio-economics Amitai Etzioni Ranker
127 Evaluation Peter Henry Rossi Ranker
128 Every Family in the Land: Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness A.H. Crisp Goodreads
129 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond Goodreads 2
130 Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Albert O. Hirschman Ranker
131 Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship Kath Weston Goodreads
132 Fat Is a Feminist Issue Susie Orbach Goodreads
133 Female Chauvinist Pigs Ariel Levy We Speak For Earth
134 Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center bell hooks We Speak For Earth
135 Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation David F. Noble List Muse
136 Forging Industrial Policy Frank Dobbin Five Books
137 Formation of modern social thought Ken Morrison Nice IAS
138 Foundations of Social Theory James Coleman List Muse
139 Game Neil Strauss Book Depository
140 Gandhi and beyond David Cortright Ranker
141 Gender and Power: Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics R.W. Connell List Muse
142 Getting a Job Mark Granovetter Five Books
143 Getting the Love You Want Harville Hendrix Book Depository
144 Getting To Know Waiwai: An Amazonian Ethnography Alan Tormaid Campbell Goodreads
145 Ghostly Matters Avery Gordon The Society Pages
146 Globalisation and its discontents Stiglitz, J. Real Sociology
147 God is Not One Stephen Prothero We Speak For Earth
148 Going Sane: Maps of Happiness Adam Phillips Goodreads
149 Great American City Robert J. Sampson List Muse
150 Guyland Michael Kimmel We Speak For Earth
151 Hacking the future Arthur Kroker Ranker
152 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Nicholas D. Kristof Goodreads 2
153 Handbook of Indian Sociology edited Veena Das Nice IAS
154 Harvest of Empire Juan Gonzales We Speak For Earth
155 Hegemony or Survival: America’s quest for global dominance Chomsky, N. Real Sociology
156 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance Goodreads 2
157 History and Class Consciousness Georg Lukacs List Muse
158 Homo Deus Yuval Noah Harari Book Depository
159 Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and Its Implications Louis Dumont Goodreads
160 Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture Johan Huizinga Goodreads
161 How to Do Everything Jesse Feiler Ranker
162 How to Talk to Anyone Leil Lowndes Ranker
163 How to Think More About Sex Bookriot
164 Human Ecology Amos H. Hawley List Muse
165 Human Nature and the Social Order Charles Cooley The Society Pages
166 Humanities through the Arts F. David Martin Ranker
167 Identity and development of self from a cross cultural perspective Stephen J Nice IAS
168 If Each Comes Halfway: Meeting Tamang Women in Nepal Kathryn S March Ranker
169 In other worlds Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Ranker
170 In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays Bertrand Russell Ranker
171 Indian Sociology:Social Conditioning and Emerging Concerns Y.Singh Nice IAS
172 Interrogating Caste Dipankar Gupta Nice IAS
173 Introduction to Physical Anthropology Robert Jurmain Ranker
174 Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions Gerald Corey Ranker
175 Journeys through Mental Illness: Client Experiences and Understandings of Mental Distress Juliet Foster Goodreads
176 Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century Harry Braverman List Muse
177 Last flesh Christopher Dewdney Ranker
178 Leading at school John C. Maxwell Ranker
179 Legitimation Crisis Jürgen Habermas Ranker
180 Letters to a Young Contrarian Christopher Hitchens Book Depository
181 Liquid Modernity Bauman, Z. Real Sociology
182 Love and addiction Stanton Peele Ranker
183 Loving relationships II Sondra Ray Ranker
184 Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors Lisa Appignanesi Goodreads
185 Madness and Democracy: The Modern Psychiatric Universe Marcel Gauchet Goodreads
186 ManifestA Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards We Speak For Earth
187 Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia Russell T. McCutcheon Goodreads
188 Marriages and Families Nijole V. Benokraitis Ranker
189 Marx, Durkheim, Weber: Formations of Modern Social Thought Kenneth Morrison Goodreads
190 Mass Media in a Mass Society Richard Hoggart Goodreads
191 Master of Sociological Thought Lewis Coser Nice IAS
192 Me, Myself, and Them Kurt Snyder Goodreads
193 Medical Sociology Robert E. Gamer; William C. Cockerham Bethel University
194 Men and Women of the Corporation Rosabeth Moss Kanter List Muse
195 Methods in social research Goode and Hutt Nice IAS
196 Middletown Robert Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd The Society Pages
197 Millennials Rising Neil Howe Ranker
198 Mind, Self, and Society George Herbert Mead List Muse
199 Modern social theory Ian Craib Ranker
200 Moral matters Jan Narveson Ranker
201 Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution Peter Kropotkin List Muse
202 My life among the deathworks Philip Rieff Ranker
203 Nation-Building and Citizenship Reinhard Bendix Ranker
204 New rules of sociological method Anthony Giddens Ranker
205 Nickel and Dimed: On Barbara Ehrenreich Goodreads 2
206 No Logo Naomi Klein Goodreads 2
207 Nudge Richard H. Thaler Book Depository
208 On Behalf of the Insane Poor Dorothea Dix We Speak For Earth
209 ON INDIVIDUALITY AND SOCIAL FORMS GEORG SIMMEL Social Science Careers
210 ON SUICIDE: A STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY EMILE DURKHEIM Social Science Careers
211 One Blood: Inside Britain’s new street gangs Heale, J. Real Sociology
212 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey Goodreads
213 One-Dimensional Man Herbert Marcuse Ranker
214 Other People’s Children Lisa Delpit We Speak For Earth
215 Our Origins Clark Spencer Larsen Ranker
216 Our Religions Arvind Sharma We Speak For Earth
217 Outliers Malcolm Gladwell Book Depository
218 Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance Howard S. Becker List Muse
219 Paths in Utopia Martin Buber The Society Pages
220 Patriarchy and Accumulation On A World Scale Maria Mies List Muse
221 Patterns of Culture Ruth Benedict List Muse
222 Pedagogy of the Oppressed Paulo Freire List Muse
223 Persistence and Change in Tribal India M.V. Rao Clear IAS
224 Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us Jesse Bering Bookriot
225 Phenomenology of the Social World Alfred Schutz List Muse
226 Political Parties Robert Michels The Society Pages
227 Postmodern Ethics Zygmunt Bauman List Muse
228 Power and Privilege Gerhard E. Lenski List Muse
229 Power: A Radical View Steven Lukes List Muse
230 Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Dan Ariely Goodreads 2
231 Preemption Alan Dershowitz Ranker
232 Pretty in Punk Letter Pile
233 Principles of Western Civilisation Benjamin Kidd Ranker
234 Privilege, Power, and Difference Allan Johnson Ranker
235 Prospects for conservatives Russell Kirk Ranker
236 Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel Goodreads
237 Psychiatry: The Science of Lies Thomas Szasz Goodreads
238 Public relations Edward Bernays Ranker
239 Quiet Susan Cain Book Depository
240 Race Rules Michael Eric Dyson We Speak For Earth
241 Race, Class, and Gender Margaret L. Andersen Ranker
242 Raising a Secure Child Kent Hoffman Book Depository
243 Reading Capital Louis Althusser; Etienne Balibar; Roger Establet List Muse
244 Reason and Revolution Herbert Marcuse Ranker
245 Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare Frances Fox Piven; Richard A. Cloward List Muse
246 Religion in Human Evolution Robert Bellah The Society Pages
247 Religion in Western Society Stephen J. Hunt Goodreads
248 Religious fundamentalism in developing countries Santosh C. Saha, Thomas K. Carr Nice IAS
249 Rights for Victims of Crimes Irvin Waller Bethel University
250 Risk Society Ulrich Beck List Muse
251 Runaway World: How globalisation is reshaping our lives Giddens, G. Real Sociology
252 Rural Sociology A.R.Desai Nice IAS
253 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Goodreads 2
254 Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools Jonathan Kozol List Muse
255 Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion? Mary Boyle Goodreads
256 Scholarship on social movement organizations Beth Schaefer Caniglia and JoAnn Carmin Nice IAS
257 Schooling In Capitalist America Samuel Bowles; Herbert Gintis List Muse
258 Seeing sociologically Harold Garfinkel Ranker
259 Selections from the Prison Notebooks Antonio Gramsci List Muse
260 Sex is Not a Natural Act & Other Essays Bookriot
261 Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Letter Pile
262 Sexing the Body Anne Fausto-Sterling We Speak For Earth
263 Sidewalk Mitch Duneier The Society Pages
264 Sitting in the fire Arnold Mindell Ranker
265 Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution Howard Rheingold Ranker
266 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson Goodreads 2
267 Social and Cultural Dynamics Pitirim Sorokin List Muse
268 Social Background of Indian Nationalism A. R. Desai Clear IAS
269 Social Change In Modern India M. N. SRINIVAS Clear IAS
270 Social Exclusion and Poverty Todman, L. Nice IAS
271 Social Justice and the City David Harvey List Muse
272 Social Movements 1768-2012 Charles Tilly List Muse
273 Social movements and the state G.Shah Nice IAS
274 Social movements in India M.S.A.Rao Nice IAS
275 Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy Barrington Moore List Muse
276 Social Problems In India Ram Ahuja Clear IAS
277 Social Research Sotirios Sarantakos Nice IAS
278 Social Research Methods Alan Bryman Goodreads
279 Social stratification and change in India Y.Singh Nice IAS
280 Social stratification ed Dipankar Gupta Nice IAS
281 Social Stratification in India K.L.Sharma Nice IAS
282 Social Systems Niklas Luhmann List Muse
283 Social Theory and Social Structure Merton, Robert K. ISA
284 Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism Simon Clarke Goodreads
285 Social welfare and individual responsibility David Schmidtz Ranker
286 Society in America Harriet Martineau The Society Pages
287 Society In India: Concepts, Theories And Recent Trends Ram Ahuja Clear IAS
288 Sociological Theory George Ritzer Clear IAS
289 Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Text and Readings Laura Desfor Edles Goodreads
290 Sociological Theory: A Critical Primer Walter A. Jensen Goodreads
291 Sociological Thought Francis Abraham, John Henry Morgan Clear IAS
292 Sociology Horton and Hunt Nice IAS
293 Sociology T.B.Bottomore Nice IAS
294 Sociology James Fulcher Goodreads
295 Sociology : Your Compass for a New World Robert J. Brym; John Lie Bethel University
296 Sociology of Religion : Contemporary Developments Kevin J. Christiano; William H. Swatos; Peter Kivisto Bethel University
297 Sociology of Religion: A Critical Primer Walter A. Jensen Goodreads
298 Soul Murder: Persecution in the Family Morton Schatzman Goodreads
299 SPSS Survival Manual Julie Pallant Ranker
300 State, Power, Socialism Nikos Poulantzas List Muse
301 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Frederick J Gravetter Ranker
302 Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Arlie Russell Hochschild Goodreads 2
303 Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum William Foote Whyte List Muse
304 Structure of social action Jonathan Turner Nice IAS
305 Studies in Ethnomethodology Harold Garfinkel List Muse
306 Suicide Emile Durkheim List Muse
307 Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers E. Fuller Torrey Goodreads
308 Tally’s Corner Elliott Liebow We Speak For Earth
309 Technically Together Michele A. Willson Ranker
310 The 48 Laws Of Power Robert Greene Book Depository
311 The Abolition of Liberty: The Decline of Order and Justice in England Peter Hitchens Goodreads
312 The Affluent Worker John H. Goldthorpe List Muse
313 The Alpha Enterprise: Evangelism in a Post-Christian Era Stephen Hunt Goodreads
314 The American Way of War Eugene Jarecki Ranker
315 The Battle for God Karen Armstrong We Speak For Earth
316 The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Steven Pinker Goodreads 2
317 The Blackwell companion to sociology of religion Richard K. Fenn (Editor) Bethel University
318 The Blank Slate Steven Pinker We Speak For Earth
319 The Bottom Billion Collier, P. Real Sociology
320 The Bureaucratic Phenomenon Michel Crozier List Muse
321 The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome Tony Attwood Book Depository
322 The Concise 48 Laws Of Power Robert Greene Book Depository
323 The Condition of Postmodernity: An enquiry into the conditions of social change Harvey D. Real Sociology
324 The Construction of Homosexuality David F. Greenberg Goodreads
325 The Cultural Creatives Ranker
326 The Cultural Landscape James M. Rubenstein Ranker
327 The Culture Clash Jean Donaldson Ranker
328 The Culture Industry Theodor Adorno The Society Pages
329 The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society David W. Garland Goodreads
330 The Culture of Public Problems Joe Gusfield The Society Pages
331 The deep democracy of open forums Arnold Mindell Ranker
332 The Descent of Madness: Evolutionary Origins of Psychosis and the Social Brain Jonathan Burns Goodreads
333 The DESIRABLE BODY Jon Stratton Ranker
334 The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness R.D. Laing Goodreads
335 The Earth Shall Weep James Wilson We Speak For Earth
336 The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte Karl Marx The Society Pages
337 The equality illusion : The truth about men and women today Banyard, K. Real Sociology
338 The Evolution of Cooperation Robert Axelrod List Muse
339 The Family in India: Critical Essays A.M.Shah Nice IAS
340 The Female Eunuch Germaine Greer We Speak For Earth
341 The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture 1830-1980 Elaine Showalter Goodreads
342 The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan We Speak For Earth
343 The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny William Strauss Ranker
344 THE FREUD READER SIGMUND FREUD AND PETER GAY (EDITOR) Social Science Careers
345 The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists Neil Strauss Ranker
346 The Giddens reader Anthony Giddens Ranker
347 The Gift Marcel Mauss List Muse
348 The God Delusion Richard Dawkins Goodreads
349 The Good Book: A Humanist Bible A.C. Grayling Goodreads
350 The good city and the good life Daniel Kemmis Ranker
351 The Good Heart His Holiness the Dalai Lama We Speak For Earth
352 The Goose-Step Upton Sinclair Ranker
353 The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time Karl Polanyi List Muse
354 The Handbook of Political Sociology Thomas Janoski (Editor); Robert Alford (Editor); Alexander Hicks (Editor); Mildred A. Schwartz (Editor) Bethel University
355 The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell We Speak For Earth
356 The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction Michel Foucault Goodreads 2
357 The Humanistic Tradition Gloria K. Fiero Ranker
358 The I in We Axel Honneth List Muse
359 The Information Society John Feather Ranker
360 The Internet As A Diverse Community Urs E. Gattiker Ranker
361 The Interpretation Of Cultures Clifford Geertz List Muse
362 The Life Course: A Sociological Introduction Stephen Hunt Goodreads
363 The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups Mancur Olson List Muse
364 The Logic of Scientific Discovery Karl Popper List Muse
365 The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times Giovanni Arrighi List Muse
366 The Lost Child of Philomena Lee Martin Sixsmith Book Depository
367 The Lucifer Effect Philip Zimbardo We Speak For Earth
368 The Madness of Our Lives: Experiences of Mental Breakdown And Recovery Penny Gray Goodreads
369 The making of sociology Ronald Fletcher Nice IAS
370 The Making of the English Working Class E. P. Thompson List Muse
371 The Managed Heart Arlie Hochschild The Society Pages
372 The Media of Mass Communication John Vivian Ranker
373 The Modern World-System I: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century Immanuel Wallerstein List Muse
374 The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct Thomas Szasz Goodreads
375 The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion John Zaller Ranker
376 The new golden rule Amitai Etzioni Ranker
377 The New Imperialism Harvey D. Real Sociology
378 The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Michael Pollan Goodreads 2
379 The Opium of the Intellectuals Raymond Aron The Society Pages
380 The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck Arthur Edward Waite Book Depository
381 The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt List Muse
382 The Palimpsest of Human Rights Jabez L. Van Cleef Goodreads
383 The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Barry Schwartz Ranker
384 The Peter Principle Laurence J. Peter Goodreads
385 The Philosophy of Money Georg Simmel List Muse
386 The place you love is gone Melissa Holbrook Pierson Ranker
387 The Polish Peasant in Europe and America William Thomas; Florian Znaniecki List Muse
388 THE PORTABLE JUNG CARL JUNG Social Science Careers
389 The possessed individual Arthur Kroker Ranker
390 The power of charm Brian Tracy Ranker
391 The power of identity Manuel Castells Ranker
392 The Profits of Religion Upton Sinclair Ranker
393 The Promise of Sociology Rob B. Beamish Bethel University
394 The Purity Myth Jessica Valenti We Speak For Earth
395 The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness Lori Schiller Goodreads
396 The Real World Kerry Ferris Ranker
397 The Rebellious Century Charles Tilly, Louise A. Tilly, Richard Tilly Ranker
398 The Reproduction of Mothering Nancy Chodorow The Society Pages
399 The Rise of Professionalism Magali Sarfatti Larson List Muse
400 The Rise of the Network Society Manuel Castells List Muse
401 The road to equality Seymour Itzkoff Ranker
402 The Sane Society Erich Fromm Goodreads
403 The Science of Power Benjamin Kidd Ranker
404 The Secular Mirage: Modernity, The Postmodern Turn, and Religious Revivalism Manochehr Dorraj Nice IAS
405 The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work John Gottman Book Depository
406 The Social Meaning of Money Viviana A Zelizer Five Books
407 The Society of the Spectacle Guy Debord List Muse
408 The Sociological Tradition Robert Nisbet List Muse
409 The Sociology of American Drug Use Greg S. Weaver; Charles E. Faupel; Alan M. Horowitz Bethel University
410 The Sociology of Ethnicity: the Sociology of Ethnicity Sinisa Malesevic Nice IAS
411 The Sociology of News Michael Schudson Bethel University
412 The Sociology of Religion Max Weber We Speak For Earth
413 The Sociology of Science Robert K. Merton List Muse
414 The Sociology of social change Piotr Sztompka Nice IAS
415 The Sociology Student Writer’s Manual William Archer Johnson; Stephen M. Garrison; Greg M. Scott Bethel University
416 The solitary outlaw B. W. Powe Ranker
417 The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois Goodreads 2
418 The Sources of Social Power Michael Mann List Muse
419 The State: Its Nature, Development, and Prospects Gianfranco Poggi List Muse
420 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn List Muse
421 The structure of social amovements: Environmental activism and its opponents Luther P.Gerlach Nice IAS
422 The Theory of the Leisure Class Thorstein Veblen Goodreads 2
423 The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism Gosta Esping-Andersen List Muse
424 The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying Sogyal Rinpoche Book Depository
425 The Tribal Culture of India L.P.Vidyarthi Nice IAS
426 The Varieties of Religious Experience William James We Speak For Earth
427 The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Thomas L. Friedman Goodreads
428 The World: A Beginner’s Guide Goran Therborn List Muse
429 The World’s Religions Huston Smith We Speak For Earth
430 The World’s Wisdom Philip Novak We Speak For Earth
431 The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon; Jean-Paul Sartre List Muse
432 The Yellow Wall-Paper Charlotte Perkins Gilman Goodreads
433 They F*** You Up: How To Survive Family Life Oliver James Goodreads
434 This Is Your Brain On Sex Bookriot
435 Thought contagion Aaron Lynch Ranker
436 To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence Robert Uttaro Goodreads
437 Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy & Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock & Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry Peter R. Breggin Goodreads
438 Tristes Tropiques Claude Levi-Strauss List Muse
439 Uncanny Networks Geert Lovink Ranker
440 Understanding Power Noam Chomsky List Muse
441 Unjust Rewards: Exposing greed and inequality in Britain today Toynbee, P and Walker D. Real Sociology
442 Untouchability in India G.Shah, Harsh Mander, Sukhdeo Thorat, Satish Despande and Amita Baviskar Nice IAS
443 Urban Villagers Herbert J. Gans List Muse
444 User Error Ellen Rose Ranker
445 Vices Are Not Crimes Lysander Spooner Ranker
446 Visionary leadership skills Robert Dilts Ranker
447 We Have Never Been Modern Bruno Latour List Muse
448 We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Book Depository
449 We want some too Hal Niedzviecki Ranker
450 Weber’s Last Theory of Capitalism Randall Collins Nice IAS
451 Weight of the World Pierre Bourdieu The Society Pages
452 What Do Women Want?: Essays Erica Jong Goodreads
453 What is Sociology Alex Inkles Nice IAS
454 What Is Sociology? Norbert Elias List Muse
455 What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures Malcolm Gladwell Goodreads 2
456 When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi Book Depository
457 When Religion Becomes Evil Charles Kimball We Speak For Earth
458 When Work Disappears William Julius Wilson List Muse
459 White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Nancy Isenberg Goodreads 2
460 Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum We Speak For Earth
461 Woman’s Role in Economic Development Ester Boserup List Muse
462 Women Race & Class Angela Y. Davis We Speak For Earth
463 Women Who Run With The Wolves Clarissa Pinkola Estes Book Depository
464 Women’s Madness: Misogyny Or Mental Illness? Jane M. Ussher Goodreads
465 Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do Studs Terkel Ranker
466 World Regional Geography Lydia Mihelic Pulsipher Ranker
467 Worlds Of Pain Lilian Brelow Rubin List Muse


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Bethel University Sociology Students: Best Sociology Books
Book Depository All Sociology
Bookriot SIX-PACK: SMART BOOKS ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND SOCIOLOGY OF SEX
Clear IAS Sociology Optional Paper: Books to read for Civil Services Main Exam
Five Books Neil Fligstein recommends the best books on Economic Sociology
Goodreads Best Sociology Books
Goodreads 2 Popular Sociology Books
ISA Books of the XX Century
Letter Pile Five Must-Read Sociology Books
List Muse The Sociology Books Top 100
Nice IAS Books for sociology mains
Ranker The Best Books About Sociology
Real Sociology My top eight books with sociological content – roughly in order
Social Science Careers TOP 10 MUST-READ BOOKS FOR SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS
The Society Pages 20 Great Books in Sociology that Deserve More Readers
We Speak For Earth 50 Best Sociology Books of All Time

 

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