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.[6]

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.[7][8][9]


  • Comte, Auguste (2009) [1865]. Discours sur l'ensemble du positivisme [A General View of Positivism]. Translated by J. H. Bridges (Reprint ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-00064-2.
  • Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick (1998) [1846]. The German Ideology. Including Theses on Feuerbach and introduction to The critique of political economy (1st ed.). Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1-57392-258-6.[10]
  • Marx, Karl (2007) [1867]. Das Kapital. Gardners Books. ISBN 978-1-934568-43-9.
  • Weber, Max (2002) [1904]. Die protestantische Ethik und der 'Geist' des Kapitalismus [The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism]. Translated by Peter Baehr; Gordon C. Wells. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-043921-2. (Available online)[4][5][11]
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.
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.[13]
  • (2008) [1912]. Cladis, Mark S. (ed.). Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse [The elementary forms of religious life]. Translated by Carol Cosman (Reissue ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-954012-9.[5][12]
  • (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. ISBN 978-0-02-907940-9.[12]


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.[14]


Industrial sociology is the sociology of technological change, globalization, labor markets, work organization, managerial practices and employment relations.[15][16]


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. ISBN 978-0-415-11255-0.
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. ISBN 1-930665-00-8.
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. ISBN 978-0-313-26808-3.
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.

Gave rise to the field known as Science and Technology Studies.[20]
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.
  • Fleck, Ludwik (1981). Trenn, Thaddeus J.; Merton, Robert K. (eds.). Genesis and development of a scientific fact. Translated by Fred Bradley; Thaddeus J. Trenn. Foreword by Thomas S. (Phoenix ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-25325-1.


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.[21] Now it is also concerned with the formation of identity through social interaction, the politics of knowledge and other aspects of social relations.

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.[24] There is particular emphasis on the recurring role of religion in all societies and throughout recorded history.

  • Durkheim, Émile (2008) [1912]. Cladis, Mark S. (ed.). Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse [The elementary forms of religious life]. Translated by Carol Cosman (Reissue ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-954012-9.
  • Berger, Peter L. (2011) [1967]. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. Open Road Media. ISBN 978-1-4532-1537-1.[4]
  • (2011) [1970]. A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural. Open Road Media. ISBN 978-1-4532-1543-2.


Sociological theories are complex theoretical and methodological frameworks used to analyze and explain objects of social study. They facilitate organizing sociological knowledge.[25]

Conflict theory

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

Rational choice theory

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

Social network analysis

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.

  • Wellman, Barry; Berkowitz, S. D., eds. (1991) [1988]. Social structures : a network approach (1st publication, reprint ed.). Greenwich, Conn.: Jai Press. ISBN 978-0-7623-0290-1.
  • Scott, John (2000) [1991]. Social network analysis : a handbook (2nd ed.). London: Sage. ISBN 978-0-7619-6339-4.
  • Wasserman, Stanley; Faust, Katherine (1999) [1994]. Social network analysis : methods and applications (Reprint. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0-521-38707-1.
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.


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

Structural functionalism

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


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

Foundational text in American sociology, Chicago school, Urban sociology, and Human ecology .
"... became perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning, and simultaneously helped to kill off the modern movement in architecture."[28]
  • Castells, Manuel (1977) [1972]. The urban question: a Marxist approach. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-03063-2.
  • Molotch, Harvey Logan; Logan, John R. (2007) [1987]. Urban fortunes: the political economy of place (20th anniversary ed.). Berkeley (Calif.): University of California press. ISBN 978-0-520-06341-9.
Turned mainstream sociological opinion against the Human Ecology school by foregrounding the influence of institutions and political settings in the growth of cities.

See also

  • List of scientific journals in sociology


  1. Collins 1994.
  2. Appelrouth & Edles 2007.
  3. Edles & Appelrouth 2010.
  4. Farganis 2011.
  5. Giddens 2010.
  6. See Jonathan Michie, ed., Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences (2001)
  7. Comte, Auguste (2005). John Scott & Gordon Marshall (eds.). A Dictionary of Sociology (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860986-5.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  8. Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Education. pp. 3–5, 32–40. ISBN 978-0-205-38130-2.
  9. Giddens, Anthony; Duneier, Mitchell; Applebaum, Richard (2011). "Chapter 1". Introduction to Sociology (Eighth ed.). New York: W.W. Norton and Company. ISBN 978-0-393-91213-5.
  10. Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 31-33.
  11. Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 167-169.
  12. Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 103105
  13. Gianfranco Poggi (2000). Durkheim. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1.
  14. Swedberg, Richard (2003). Principles of economic sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-07439-9.
  15. Watson, Tony J. (2008). Sociology, work and industry (5th ed.). London: Routledge. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-415-43555-0.
  16. Donald Emery Wray (1953). Industrial sociology: an annotated bibliography. Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois. ASIN B003NXV2LW.
  17. Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 361-369.
  18. Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 341342
  19. Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 276-277.
  20. Fuller, Steve (1993). "Critical notice: David Bloor's Knowledge and Social Imagery". Philosophy of Science (Second ed.). 60 (1): 158–170. doi:10.1086/289724.
  21. 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 Archived 2013-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  22. Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 8485
  23. Appelrouth & Edles 2007, pp. 338339
  24. Kevin J. Christiano, et al., (2nd ed., 2008), Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7425-6111-3
  25. Craig J. Calhoun (2002). Classical sociological theory. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-631-21348-2. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  26. Appelrouth & Edles 2007, p. 24
  27. Edles & Appelrouth 2010, pp. 2425
  28. Robert Fulford (February 16, 1992). "When Jane Jacobs Took on the World". New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2017.


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