45 Sociology books every undergraduate should read

Source: Gellinger

There are hundred of Sociology books out there. Read through the list of suggested
Sociology reading for Undergraduates and beginners.
          1. Erving Goffman – The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Penguin Psychology)

          2. George Mead – Mind, Self, and Society: The Definitive Edition

          3. Randall Collins – Four Sociological Traditions

          4. Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Penguin Social Sciences)

          5. Emile Durkheim – Suicide: A Study in Sociology (Routledge Classics)

          6. Max Weber – The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

          7. W.E.B. DuBois – The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (Classic Reprint)

          8. Randall Collins – Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

          9. Karl Marx – Capital: Volumes One and Two (Classics of World Literature)

          10. Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow

          11. Michael Omi and Howard Winant – Racial Formation in the United States

          12. Charles Mill – The Racial Contract

          13. Jackie Wang – Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e)/Intervention Series)

          14. Peter Berger – Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective (Pelican)

          15. Howard Becker – Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

          16. Stuart Hall and Tony Jefferson – Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain (Cultural Studies Birmingham)

          17. Paul Willis – Learning to Labour

          18. Stuart Hall – Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order

          19. Dick Hebdige – Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)

          20. Erving Goffman – Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates (Penguin Social Sciences)

          21. Peter Singer – Practical Ethics

          22. Steven Lukes – Power: A Radical View

          23. Clive Ponting – A New Green History Of The World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations

          24. Elijah Anderson – Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

          25. Larry E. Davis – Why Are They Angry With Us?: Essays on Race

          26. Malcolm X – Autobiography of Malcolm X

          27. Norbert Elias – The Civilizing Process

          28. Pierre Bourdieu – Distinction (Routledge Classics)

          29. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – The Communist Manifesto (Penguin Little Black Classics)

          30.  Earl Wysong and Robert Perrucci – The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream?, Fourth Edition

          31. Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt – Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

          32. Lewis A. Coser – Masters of Sociological Thought: Ideas in Historical and Social Context

          33. Michael J. Sandel – What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

          34. Carl Hammerschlag – The Dancing Healers

          35. Sidney G. Tarrow – Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

          36. Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper – The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts (Blackwell Readers in Sociology) (Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology)

          37. Lynne Ann De Spelder and Albert Lee Strickland – The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying

          38. Michael Marmot – The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

          39. James C. Scott – Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (The Institution for Social and Policy Studies)

          40. C. Wright Mills – Sociological Imagination

          41. Michel Foucault – Madness and Civilization

          42. Jean Baudrillard – Simulacra and Simulation (The Body in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)

          43. George Ritzer – The McDonaldization of Society: Into the Digital Age

          44. Peter L. Berger – Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

          45. Peter L. Berger – The Desecularization of the World: The Resurgence of Religion in World Politics: 8

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