Sociological Ruminations

A blog about books (both non-fiction and fiction) that address forms of social inequality associated with race, gender, class, or mental health.

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

I noticed this reading list of books about race (“18 Books Every White Ally Should Read”) on the Define American Facebook page: (1) Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Charleston Syllabus

The following reading list is available on the website of the African American Intellectual History Society. Although it is not meant to be exhaustive, it should help all of us become … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Racial Inequality Reading List

I found the following reading list on Tim Wise’s website. Wise is an anti-racism activist, author, and speaker. General Race, Racism and Privilege Ani, Marimba. Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Reading List from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention posted a reading list on their Facebook page today.  It’s called Books for Survivors.  Here are some of the books: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Ferguson Syllabus: A Reading List on Racial Injustice

I noticed that a group called Sociologists for Justice has formed in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Their website says: We are an independent collective of sociologists … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson

Book Review: Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy (Penguin Books, 2010) by Bruce Watson This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.  In … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge by John Bateson

Book Review: The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge (University of California Press, 2012) by John Bateson. I used to live in San Francisco, and I have photos and … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment