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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

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  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 РThe 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

Give some of these books a read and let us know what you think!


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