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