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.

Favorite Sociological Books

Here are some of my absolute favorites out of the various sociological books that I have read during the past several years.  I listed them in order from most recent to least recent publication date.  (When I say sociological, I just mean that the book addresses sociological issues.  The authors are not necessarily sociologists, yet they are writing about issues that sociologists study).

Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America (ILR Press, 2012) by Barbara Jensen

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Free Press, 2011) by Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective (NYU Press, 2011) Edited by Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010) by Michelle Alexander

Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration (University of Chicago Press, 2007) by Davah Pager

Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage (Penguin, 2006) by Stephanie Coontz

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Basic Civitas Books, 2006) by Michael Eric Dyson

Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse (Vintage, 2005) by Steve Bogira

Class Matters (Times Books, 2005) by The New York Times

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Holt, 2001) by Barbara Ehrenreich

There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America (Doubleday, 1992) by Alex Kotlowitz





2 comments on “Favorite Sociological Books

  1. Before I forget...
    September 30, 2014

    Do you read these for pleasure alone? Some interesting titles there 🙂

    • Christine
      September 30, 2014

      Roughly half of the books have been for school, and the other half have been for pleasure. The New Jim Crow, Marked, Marriage: A History, and Nickel and Dimed have been for various sociology and criminology classes at school. Glad you like the list!

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