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Bibliography of sociology

This bibliography of sociology is a list of works, organized by subdiscipline, on the subject of sociology. Some of the works are selected from general anthologies of sociology;[1][2][3][4][5] other works are selected because they are notable enough to be mentioned in a general history of sociology or one of its subdisciplines.

Sociology studies society using various methods of empirical investigation to understand human social activity, from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and social structure.[6][7][8]


  • Foundations 1
  • Demography 2
  • Economy 3
    • Industry 3.1
  • Environment 4
  • Gender 5
  • Knowledge 6
  • Politics 7
  • Race and ethnicity 8
  • Religion 9
  • Theory 10
    • Conflict theory 10.1
    • Rational choice theory 10.2
    • Social network analysis 10.3
    • Sociocybernetics 10.4
    • Structural functionalism 10.5
  • Urban 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Cover of the French edition of the Division of Labor in Society by Emile Durkheim.
  •  [9]
  •   (Available online)[4][5][10]
Puts forward a thesis that Puritan ethic and ideas had influenced the development of capitalism. However religious devotion usually was accompanied by rejection of mundane affairs including economic pursuit. Why was that not the case with Protestantism? Weber addresses that paradox in that work.
  •  [5][11]
  • — (1997) [1897]. Le Suicide [ [4][11]
A case study of suicide rates amongst Catholic, Protestant and Jewish populations, distinguished sociological analysis from psychology or philosophy. Also a major contribution to structural functionalism.[12]
  • — (2008) [1912]. Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse [  [5][11]
  • — (1982) [1919]. Les Règles de la Méthode Sociologique [The rules of sociological method] (in French). transl. by W. D. Halls with an introduction by Steven Lukes (1st American ed.). New York, N.Y.: Free Press.  [11]


Demography is the statistical study of human population. It encompasses the study of the size, structure and distribution of these populations, and spatial and/or temporal changes in them in response to birth, migration, aging and death.


Economic sociology attempts to explain economic phenomena. It overlaps with economics but concentrates on the roles of social relations and institutions.[13]

  • — (1955) [1856].  
  • White, Harrison C. 2002. Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production. Princeton: Princeton University Press
  • Smelser, Neil and Richard Swedberg (eds.). 2005 (2nd ed.). The Handbook of Economic Sociology.


managerial practices and employment relations.[14][15]


Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Environmental sociology studies the relationship between society and environment, particularly the social factors that cause environmental problems, the societal impacts of those problems, and efforts to solve the problems.

  • Hannigan, John A. (1995). Environmental sociology : a social constructionist perspective (Reprint ed.). London: Routledge.  
Argues that a society's willingness to recognize and solve environmental problems depends more upon the way these claims are presented by a limited number of interest groups than upon the severity of the threat they pose.
  • Schnaiberg, Alan; Gould, Kenneth Alan (2000). Environment and society : the enduring conflict. Caldwell, NJ: Blackburn.  
Demonstrates how our global economy requires increasing levels of economic expansion, which in turn requires increasing withdrawals for the natural environment.
  • Michelson, William (2002). Dunlap, Riley E., ed. Handbook of environmental sociology (1st published. ed.). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.  
Provides an overview of the field of environmental sociology and its various research emphases.



Sociology of knowledge is the study of the relationship between human thought and the social context within which it arises, and of the effects prevailing ideas have on societies.

  •  [18]
  • Bloor, David (1991) [1976]. Knowledge and social imagery (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  
Gave rise to the field known as Science and Technology Studies.[19]
Ethnography of microbiologists working at the Salk Institute. Explains the elevation of observations to the level of fact through a system of credibility. Started the ethnographic laboratory studies movement in the sociology of knowledge.


Political sociology was traditionally concerned with how social trends, dynamics, and structures of domination affect formal political processes, as well as exploring how various social forces work together to change political policies.[20] Now it is also concerned with the formation of identity through social interaction, the politics of knowledge and other aspects of social relations.

  •  [21]
    • — (2006). Who rules America? : power and politics, and social change (5th ed.). Boston, Mass: McGraw-Hill.  
    • - (2000). Why Americans still don't vote : and why politicians want it that way (Rev. and updated ed.). Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press.  

Race and ethnicity

The sociology of race and ethnic relations is the study of social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities at all levels of society. It encompasses racism and residential segregation.


The sociology of religion concerns the role of religion in society: practices, historical backgrounds, developments and universal themes.[23] There is particular emphasis on the recurring role of religion in all societies and throughout recorded history.

  •  [4]
  • — (2011) [1970]. A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural. Open Road Media.  


  • Major Sociological Studies And Publications (

External links

  • Allan, Kenneth; Allan, Kenneth D. (2010). Explorations in classical sociological theory : seeing the social world (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press.  
  • Appelrouth, Scott; Edles, Laura Desfor (2007). Sociological theory in the contemporary era : text and readings. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press.  
  • Blau, Peter M. (1972). Hoselitz, Berthold Frank, ed. A reader's guide to the social sciences. Free Press. 
  • Caro, Francis G., ed. (1977). Readings in evaluation research (2d ed.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.  
  • Collins, Randall, ed. (1994). Four sociological traditions: selected readings (Revised and expanded ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.  
  • Edles, Laura Desfor; Appelrouth, Scott (2010). Sociological theory in the classical era : text and readings (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Pine Forge Press.  
  • Farganis, James, ed. (2011). Readings in social theory : the classic tradition to post-modernism (6th ed.). New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill.  
  • Giddens, Anthony, ed. (2010). Sociology : introductory readings (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Polity Press.  
  • Herron, Nancy L., ed. (2002). The social sciences (Third ed.). Greenwood Village, CO: Libraries unlimited.  
  • Hiller, Harry H.; Langlois, Simon (2001). "The Most Important Books/Articles in Canadian Sociology in the Twentieth Century: A Report". The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie 26 (3): 513–516.  
  • Lauer, Robert H.; Lauer, Jeanette C., eds. (2007). Sociology : windows on society : an anthology (7th ed.). Los Angeles, Calif.: Roxbury Publishing.  
  • Li, Tze-chung (2000). Social science reference sources : a practical guide (3rd ed.). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.  
  • Longhofer, Wesley; Golden, Shannon; Baiocchi, Arturo (1 May 2010). "a fresh look at sociology bestsellers". Contexts 9 (2): 18–25.  
  • Macionis, John J.; Benokraitis, Nijole V., eds. (2004). Seeing ourselves : classic, contemporary, and cross-cultural readings in sociology (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice-Hall.  
  • White, Carl M. (1973). Sources of information in the social sciences : a guide to the literature (2nd ed.). Chicago: American Library Association.  
  1. ^ Collins 1994
  2. ^ Applerouth & Edles 2007
  3. ^ Edles & Applerouth 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Farganis 2011
  5. ^ a b c d Giddens 2010
  6. ^  
  7. ^ Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Education. pp. 3–5, 32–40.  
  8. ^ Giddens, Anthony; Duneier, Mitchell; Applebaum, Richard (2011). "Chapter 1". Introduction to Sociology (Eighth ed.). New York: W.W. Norton and Company.  
  9. ^ Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 31–33
  10. ^ Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 167–169
  11. ^ a b c d Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 103–105
  12. ^ Gianfranco Poggi (2000). Durkheim. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1.
  13. ^ Swedberg, Richard (2003). Principles of economic sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.  
  14. ^ Watson, Tony J. (2008). Sociology, work and industry (5th ed.). London: Routledge. p. 392.  
  15. ^ Donald Emery Wray (1953). Industrial sociology: an annotated bibliography. Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois.  
  16. ^ Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 361–369
  17. ^ a b Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 341–342
  18. ^ Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 276–277
  19. ^ "Critical notice: David Bloor's Knowledge and Social Imagery (Second Edition)". Philosophy of Science 60 (1): 158–170. 1993. 
  20. ^ Nachtigal M. Paul."Political Trends Affecting Nonmetropolitan America." Journal of Research in Rural Education Vol.10(1994):161-166.Print. From:,n3,p161-166,Nachtigal.pdf
  21. ^ a b c d Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 84–85
  22. ^ a b Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 338–339
  23. ^ Kevin J. Christiano, et al., (2nd ed., 2008), Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7425-6111-3
  24. ^ Craig J. Calhoun (2002). Classical sociological theory. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–.  
  25. ^ a b Appelrouth & Edles 2007, p. 24
  26. ^ a b c Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 24–25
  27. ^ Robert Fulford (February 16, 1992). "When Jane Jacobs Took on the World".  


See also

  • Hutter, Mark (2007). Experiencing cities : a global approach. Boston, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.  
  • Gottdiener, Mark; Hutchison, Ray (2000). The new urban sociology (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.  
Turned mainstream sociological opinion against the Human Ecology school by foregrounding the influence of institutions and political settings in the growth of cities.
"... became perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning, and simultaneously helped to kill off the modern movement in architecture."[27]
Foundational text in American sociology, Chicago school, Urban sociology, and Human ecology .
  • The Metropolis and Mental Life[4]

Urban sociology is the sociological study of social life and human interaction in metropolitan areas.


  •  [26]
  • —; Shils, Edward A. (2001) [1951]. Toward a general theory of action : theoretical foundations for the social sciences. With a new introduction by Neil J.Smelser (Abridged ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.  [26]
  • — (1970) [1951]. The social system (Reprinted. ed.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.  [26]

Structural functionalism is a broad perspective that interprets society as a structure with interrelated parts.

Structural functionalism

  • — (1979). Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences). Hampton Press.  

Sociocybernetics is the application of systems theory and cybernetics to sociology.


These three books present a good basic introduction to social network analysis. Scott is the most general and most recent. Wasserman and Faust presents thorough methodological coverage. Wellman and Berkowitz is the most readable, theoretical and provides many case studies.
  • Wasserman, Stanley; Faust, Katherine (1999) [1994]. Social network analysis : methods and applications (Reprint. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.  

Social network analysis is structural approach to sociology that views norms and behaviors as embedded in chains of social relations. Makes use of network theory.

Social network analysis

Rational choice theory models social behavior as the interaction of utility-maximizing individuals.

Rational choice theory

Conflict theory emphasizes social conflict and related issues such as economic inequality, social inequality, oppression and crime.

Conflict theory


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