The CCCU Sociology team has put together a list of popular Sociology books, novels, and films to keep our minds active over the next period. Read and watch what you want to, and keep that sociological imagination working!
For students joining us in September, these books will get you thinking about the course:
- Sociology, by Anthony Giddens and Philip W. Sutton (8th edition).
- Inequality and the 1%, by Danny Dorling (3rd edition)
- The Spirit Level: Why equality is better for everyone, by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson
- Social Class in the 21st Century, by Mike Savage.
- The Student’s Companion to Social Policy, edited by Pete Alcock, Tina Haux, Margaret May and Sharon Wright (5thedition).
Sociological reflections on the Coronavirus crisis
- The British Sociological Association is gathering articles on the Covid-19 crisis to be published in its online magazine Discover Sociology.
- Deborah Lupton has published a very useful piece discussing ‘Doing Fieldwork In A Pandemic’. Her blog is always worth reading!
Here are some initial reflections from blogs:
- Bristow, J. ‘Engaging with the Corona Generation’. CCCU Expert Comment blog, 25 March 2020.
- Schoepflin, T. ‘Coronavirus: Early Impressions of Sudden Social Change.’ Everyday Sociology blog, 19 March 2020.
- Sadati A K, B Lankarani M H, Bagheri Lankarani K. ‘Risk Society, Global Vulnerability and Fragile Resilience; Sociological View on the Coronavirus Outbreak’, Shiraz E-Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 21(4):e102263. doi: 10.5812/semj.102263.
- Aldama, P K R. ‘Using sociology to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic.’ Rappler, 26 March 2020.
There are many sociological articles about pandemics – see this for example:
- Sociology of Health and Illness Special Issue: ‘Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: the Sociological Agenda’, 35(2), February 2013.
Popular Sociology and non-fiction books
- Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, by Akala. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- A Sociology of Family Life: Change and diversity in intimate relations, by Deborah Chambers.
- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis.
- Sidewalk, by Mitchell Duneier.
- Nickel and Dimed: Undercover in low-waged America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, by Jason Hickel.
- Watching the English, by Kate Fox.
- How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century, by Frank Furedi.
- The Imperative of Health: Public health and the regulated body, by Deborah Lupton.
- Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain, by Lisa Mckenzie.
- How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran.
- Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu.
- How Not To Be a Boy, by Robert Webb.
- Gang Leader for a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh.
The publisher Haymarket Books is offering 10 free e-books. Check them out here.
Novels and poetry
- The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood.
- Any Human Heart, by William Boyd.
- The Plague, by Albert Camus.
- Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- The Choice: A true story of hope, by Edith Eger. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- Alone in Berlin, by Hans Fallada. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
- Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- First section of An Essay on Man: Epistle II, by Alexander Pope.
- The Casual Vacancy, by J K Rowling. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- The Road Home, by Rose Tremain. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. (Also free on Audible as an audio book.)
TV and film