Sociological Ruminations

A blog about non-fiction books that address societal issues and problems

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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