List of important publications in sociology

List of important publications in sociology


"The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"

*Max Weber
* "Die protestantische Ethik und der 'Geist' des Kapitalismus", 1904
* [ Online version] Description: In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Weber 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.

Importance: Topic creator, Breakthrough, Influence


*Emile Durkheim

"The Division of Labor"

"The Elementary Forms of Religious Life"

*Emile Durkheim


*Karl Marx
* "Das Kapital"


*Ibn Khaldun
* "Muqqadima"


Conflict theory

The Forms of Capital

* Pierre Bourdieu
* 1986 Description: distinguishes between economic capital, social capital and cultural capital




Interaction Ritual Chains

* Collins, R.
* Princeton University Press, 2004.



Economic sociology

*Boltanski, Luc, and Ève Chiapello. 2005. "The New Spirit of Capitalism", London–New York, Verso.

*Boltanski, Luc and Laurent Thévenot. 2006. "On Justification. The Economies of Worth", Princeton, Princeton University Press.

*Granovetter, Mark. 1985. "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness", "The American Journal of Sociology", 91:481–510.

*Hirschman, Albert O. 1982. "Rival Interpretations of Market Society: Civilizing, Destructive, or Feeble?" "Journal of Economic Literature". vol. 20(4):1463–84.

*Polanyi, Karl. 1944. "The Great Transformation". Boston: Beacon.

*Smelser, Neil and Richard Swedberg (eds.). 2005 (2nd ed.). "The Handbook of Economic Sociology".

*Weber, Max. [1922] 1978. "Economy and Society". Berkeley: University of California Press.

*White, Harrison C. 2002. "Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production". Princeton: Princeton University Press

Environmental sociology

ilent Spring

* Rachel Carson,
* 1962


John A. Hannigan: "Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective".

London and New York: Routledge, 1995ISBN 0-415-11254 (hbk), 0-415-11255 (pbk)

Importance:Why is that all environmental problems attract same public attention? In his revealing approach to the environment, Hannigan demonstrates that 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 treat they pose. A must read book for environmental sociologists and other interested researchers. Description:Environment and Society : The Enduring Conflict by Allan Schnaiberg and Kenneth Alan GouldNew York : St. Martin's Press, c1994ISBN 1-930665-00-8

Importance:Schnaiberg and Gould demonstrate how our global economy requires increasing levels of economic expansion, which in turn requires increasing withdrawals for the natural environment

Handbook of Environmental SociologyEdited by Riley E. Dunlap and William MichelsonWestport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Provides an overview of the field of environmental sociology and its various research emphases.

Luke Martell, [ "Ecology and Society: an introduction"] , Polity Press, 1994, one of the first books in the sociology of the environment and environmentalism

Economic development

Human ecology

Aldo Leopold, "A Sand County Almanac", First published 1949,

Industrial sociology

Daniel Bell "The Coming of Post-Industrial Society"
Harry Braverman "Labor and Monopoly Capital"
Michael Burawoy "Manufacturing Consent"
Ronald Dore "British factory, Japanese factory; the origins of national diversity in industrial relations"
John Goldthorpe, David Lockwood, Frank Bechhofer And Jennifer Platt "The Affluent Worker: Industrial Attitudes and Behaviour"
William Kornblum "Blue Collar"
Paul Thompson "Nature of Work: An Introduction to Debates on the Labour Process"

Mathematical Sociology

James S. Coleman "Introduction to Mathematical Sociology" (1964).

Medical sociology

The Social System

* Parsons, Talcott
* The Free Press, 1951.

Description: In a description of the patient's role in the doctor-patient relationship, Parsons coined the term the 'Sick Role' as opposed to the 'Social Role'.

Importance: Talcott Parsons is considered the father of Medical Sociology (along with Rene Fox as the mother). This book is a classic. Warning: it is a broad discussion of many things, not just medical sociology, and it is very difficult to read.

Ideas about illness : an intellectual history of medical sociology

* Gerhardt, Uta E.
* Basingstoke : Macmillan Education, 1989.

Description:Re-analyzes Parsons' work, and made the 'Sick Role' famous.


Perspectives in Medical Sociology

* Brown, Phil, ed.
* Waveland Press, 2000.Description: The third edition of "Perspectives in Medical Sociology" 's central theme is that health and illness cannot be understood simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge. Rather, it is necessary to bring to bear a variety of political, economic, and cultural forces. Editor Phil Brown takes this focus on largescale social structural factors and links it with the equally important microlevel approach that explores lay illness experience and the interaction between people and their health providers. In addition to retaining some of the classic works, the third edition offers new selections with modern perspectives on managed care, worker health and safety, the nursing profession, gender/femininity and health, experiences of illness and narrative understanding, and the effects of race and socioeconomic status on health. The 36 readings represent a broad range of research methods, data sources, and perspectives reflecting the diversity of material employed by medical sociologists.


Medical Sociology

* Cockerham, William C.
* Prentice Hall, 2003Description: The standard reference in the field—in the US—this best-selling introduction to medical sociology presents the most recent and relevant ideas, concepts, themes, issues, debates, and research findings at the cutting-edge of the field. It contains first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers; is based on a worldwide review of the literature but mainly focuses on the US; provides the most recent US health statistics, data, and American studies available.

Importance:Perhaps the most widely used textbook on Medical Sociology in the US.

Profession of Medicine: A Study of the Sociology of Applied Knowledge

* Freidson E.
* New York, Harper & Row, 1970.



Professional Dominance: The Social Structure of Medical Care

* Freidson E.
* New York, Atherton Press, 1970.Description:


Professionalism: The Third Logic

* Freidson E.
* Chicago, IL; University of Chicago Press, 2001.Description:


Foucault, Health and Medicine

* Peterson, Alan and Robin Bunton, eds.
* Routledge, 1997.Description: "Foucault, Health and Medicine" shows how key researchers in the sociology of health and illness are currently engaging with Michel Foucault's ideas. The book's twelve chapters explore: Foucault's concept of discourse; the critique of the medicalization thesis; analysis of the body and the self; Foucault's concepts for feminist research on embodiment and gendered subjectivities; the application of Foucault's notion of governmentality to the analysis of health policy, health promotion and the consumption of health. Offering a state-of-the-art overview of Foucaludian scholarship in the area of health and medicine, this volume will provide a key reference for those working in the areas of medical sociology, health policy, health promotion and feminist studies.

Importance: A "state of the art" overview of Foucaldian scholarship in health and medicine. Assesses the profound impact of Foucault's work and shows how key researchers in the sociology of health and illness are currently engaging with his work.

Debating Biology: Sociological reflections on health, medicine and society

* Williams, Simon, Lynda Birke and Gillian A. Bendelow, eds.
* Routledge, 2003.Description: Text takes a look at the relationship between biology and society in the arena of health and medicine. Discusses the interplay between biological and social factors in the patterning of health and illness. Addresses the relationships between biology, science, and technology. For students and researchers in the social sciences.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Challenge and Change

*Kelner, Merrijoy, Beverly Wellman, Bernice Pescosolido and Mike Saks, eds.
*Reading, UK: Harwood (now part of Taylor and Francis), 2001.Description:An edited book of original articles that is the first comprehensive sociological analysis of the practitioners, users and social organization of the growing area of complementary and alternative medicine, such as chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, Alexander Technique, etc.

Importance: A pioneering book, well-edited

Political sociology

Why Americans Don't Vote

* Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

Who Rules America

* G. William Domhoff,
* (McGraw Hill, 2001)


Power, State and Society

* W. Lawrence Neuman
* (McGraw Hill, 2005)


An Introduction to Political Sociology

* Anthony M. Orum
* (Prentice Hall, 2000)


Political Sociology

* Philo C. Wasburn
* (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1982)



tates and Social Revolutions

* Theda Skocpol(Cambridge University Press, 1979)

The Power Elite
* C. Wright Mills(Oxford University Press, 1956)

Chinese Social Stratification

*Li Yi. 2005. The Structure and Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification. University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-3331-5

Political and Moral Sociology

Luc Boltanski, Laurent Thévenot, 2006, On Justification. The Economies of Worth, Princeton, Princeton University Press.

ociology of the Family

ociology of Gender


* Acker, Joan. 1990. "Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations." Gender and Society 4(2): 139-158.
* Acker, Joan. 2004. "Gender, Capitalism and Globalization." Critical sociology 30(1):17-41.
* Acker, Joan 2005. Class Questions: Feminist Answers. AltaMira Press.
* Bem, Sandra Lipsitz. 1994. Lenses of Gender: Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality. Yale University Press.
* Chafetz, Janet Saltzman (ed.). 1999. Handbook of the Sociology of Gender. NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
* Chafetz, Janet Saltzman. 2001. "Theoretical Understandings of Gender: A Third of a Century of Feminist Thought in Sociology" in Handbook of Sociological Theory, edited Jonathan H. Turner. NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
* Chodorow, Nancy. 1978 [1999] . The Reproduction of Mothering. Berkeley: University of California Press.
* Collins, Patricia Hill. 2000. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, 2nd Edition. Boston: Unwin Hyman.
* Collins, Patricia Hill. 1998. Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press. Intro to Part I ("Learning from the Outsider Within Revisited"), Ch. 2, 6.
* Connell, R. W. 1987. Gender and Power: Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
* Connell, R.W. 2002. Gender: Short Introductions. Blackwell.
* Engels, Friedrich. 1978. "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State." In The Marx-Engels Reader, 2nd Edition. New York: W.W. Norton.
* England, Paula (ed). 1998. Theory on Gender/Feminism on Theory. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
* England, Paula. 2005. "Emerging Theories of Care Work." Annual Review of Sociology, 31:381-399.
* Fausto-Sterling, Anne. 1993. "The Five Sexes." The Sciences (March/April):20-25.
* Fausto-Sterling, Anne. 2005. "Bare Bones of Sex: Part I, Sex and Gender." SIGNS 30:1491-528.
* Ferree, Myra Marx; Lorber, Judith; and Hess, Beth B. (eds). 1999. Revisioning Gender. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
* Johnson, Allan G. 2005. The Gender Knot: Unraveling our Patriarchal Legacy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
* Lorber, Judith. 1994. Paradoxes of Gender. New Haven: Yale University Press.
* Mohanty, Chandra Talpede, Ann Russo, and Lourdes Torres (eds.) 1991. Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press
* Nicholson, Linda J. (ed.), 1990. Feminism/Postmodernism. New York: Routledge.
* Ridgeway, Cecilia and Lynn Smith-Lovin. 1999. "The Gender System and Interaction." Annual Review of Sociology 25:191-216.
* Risman, Barbara. 1999. Gender Vertigo. Yale University Press
* Scott, J.W. 1999. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” American Historical Review (December): 1053-1075.
* Smith, Dorothy E. 1987. The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
* Smith, Dorothy E. 1990. The Conceptual Practices of Power: Toward a Feminist Sociology of Knowledge. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
* Sprague, Joey. 2005. Feminist Methodologies for Critical Researchers: Bridging Differences. Alta Mira
* Tarrant, Shira. 2006. When Sex Became Gender. New York: Routledge,
* Thorne, Barrie. 1993. Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
* Walby, Sylvia. 1986. Patriarchy at Work, Polity.
* Walby, Sylvia. 1988. Gender Segregation at Work (edited) Sage.
* Walby, Sylvia. 1990. Theorizing Patriarchy, Blackwell.
* Walby, Sylvia. 1991. Sex Crime in the News (with Soothill) Routledge.
* Walby, Sylvia. 1991. Out of the Margins (edited with Aaron) Falmer
* Walby, Sylvia. 1997. Gender Transformations, Routledge.
* West, Candace and Don Zimmerman. 1987. "Doing Gender." Gender & Society 1:125-151.
* West, Candace and Fenstermaker, Sarah. 1995. "Doing Difference." Gender & Society 9 8-37.
* West, Candace and Fenstermaker, Sarah. 1995. "Reply: (Re) doing Difference." Gender & Society 9:506-513.

Gender and Masculinity

* Bederman, G. (1995). Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and race in the United States, 1880-1917. Chicago, U of Chicago Press.
* Breines, I., Bob Connell & Ingrid Eide, Eds. (2000). Male roles, masculinities, and violence: a culture of peace perspective. Paris, UNESCO.
* Coltrane, S. Family Man
* Connell, R.W. (1987). Gender & Power: Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics. Stanford, CA: Stanford U Press.
* Connell, R.W. (2000). Men and the boys. Berkeley, U of California Press.
* Gardiner, J.K. (2000). “Masculinity, The Teening of America, and Empathic Targeting.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 25(4): 1257-1261.
* Hoganson, K. (1998). Fighting for American Manhood. New Haven: Yale U Press.
* Kimmel, M. (1992). “Reading Men: Men, Masculinity, and Publishing.” Contemporary Sociology 21(2): 162-171.
* Kimmel, M. (2000). “Saving the Males: The Sociological Implications of the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel.” Gender & Society 14(4): 492-516.
* Messner, M. (1990). “Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 18(4): 416-444.
* Nagel, J. (1998). “Masculinity and Nationalism: Gender and Sexuality in the Making of Nations.” Ethnic and racial Studies 21(2): 242-269.
* Pyke, K.D. (1996). “Class-Based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power.” Gender & Society, 10(5): 527-549.

Gender and Embodiment

Intersectionality: Race/Class/Gender

Gender and Organizations

Gender and Labor/Occupations

Gender and Social Movements

Gender and Academe

* Bellas, Marcia L. 1994. "Comparable Worth in Academia: The Effects of Faculty Salaries of the Sex Composition and Labor Market Conditions of Academic Disciplines." American Sociological Review 59:807-821.
* Hargens, Lowell L., James C McCann, and Barbara F. Reskin. 1978. "Productivity and Reproductivity: Fertility and Professional Achievement among Research Scientists." Social Forces 57:154-163.
* Jacobs, Jerry A. 1996. "Gender Inequality in Higher Education." Annual Review of Sociology. Volume 22, Page 153-185, August.
* Langton, Nancy and Jeffrey Pfeffer. 1994. "Paying the Professor: Sources of Salary Variation in Academic Labor Markets." American Sociological Review 59:236-256.
* Misra, Joya, Ivy Kennelly, and Marina Karides. 1999. "Employment Chances in the Academic Job Market in Sociology: Do Race and Gender Matter? Sociological Perspectives 42, 2, spring, 215-248.
* Tolbert, Pamela. 1986. "Organizations and Inequality: Sources of Earnings Differences Between Male and Female Faculty." Sociology of Education 59:227-235.

Feminist Methodology

* Collins, P.H. (1990). Black Feminist Thought
* DeVault, M. Liberating Method
* Fraser, N. & L.G. (1994) “A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the U.S. Welfare State.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 19(21).
* Gluck, Shana Berger & Daphne Patai.(1991) Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History. NY: Routledge.
* Harding, S. Feminism & Methodology.
* Harding, S. Whose Science/Whose Knowledge.
* Naples, Nancy. 2003. Feminism & Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research

Program evaluation

Donald T. Campbell, "Reforms as Experiments," American Psychologist, April 1969, p. 409.

Rational Choice Theory

*Coleman, James S. (1990) "Foundations of Social Theory"

*Olson, Mancur (1971) "The Logic of Collective Action". Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-53751-3

Rural sociology

* Wilkinson, K.P. 1991. The Community in Rural America [] (Description: A revision of rural and community sociology, from classics to new concepts)


*"Sociologia Ruralis" []

*"Rural Sociology" []

ociology of knowledge

Ideology and Utopia

* Karl Mannheim


The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge

* Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
* New York, 1966.Description:


ociology of religion

The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

* Emile Durkheim


The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion

* Peter L. Berger
* 1967Description:


A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural

* Peter L. Berger
* 1970



Eastern Origins of the Portuguese Popular Religion Followed of Essay On Old Toponimy

* Moisés Espírito Santo
* 1988

ystems theory

Ackoff, R. (1981). Creating the corporate future. New York: Wiley.

Ackoff, R. (1978). The art of problem solving. New York: Wiley.

Allport, G. (1968). The open system in personality theory. In W. Buckley (Ed.), Modern systems research for the behavioral sciences (pp. 343-350). Chicago: Aldine.

Arnopoulos, P. (1993) Sociophysics: Chaos and Cosmos in Nature & Culture. New York. Nova Science

Augros, R., & Stanciu, G. (1987). The new biology. Discovering the wisdom in nature. Boulder: New Science Library.

Axelrod, P. (1984). The evolution of cooperation. New York: Basic Books.

Banathy, B. ( ) Systems Design of Education. Englewood Cliffs: Educational Technology Publications The grand master himself says it enough...

Banathy, B. ( ) A Systems View of Education. Englewood Cliffs: Educational Technology Publications.

Banathy, B (1996) Designing Social Systems in a Changing World New York Plenum

Barrow, J. (1991) Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation. New York, Oxford University Press Excellent introduction to the quest for a unifying principle.

Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind. New York: Ballantine.

Bateson, G. (1979). Mind and nature: A necessary unity. New York: Ballantine

Bateson, G., & Bateson, M.C. (1987). Angels fear. New York: Macmillan

Beer, S. Beyond Dispute, Wiley, 1994).

Berman, M (1982). The reenchantment of the world. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

von Bertalanffy, L. (1968). General System Theory. Foundations, development, applications. New York: George Braziller. A seminal book that establishes systems theory as a science

Briggs, J.P., & Peat, F.D. (1989). Turbulent mirror. New York: Harper & Row.

Briggs, J.P., & Peat, F.D. (1984). Looking glass universe. The emerging science of wholeness. New York: Touchstone.

Bushev, M. (1994) Synergetics: Chaos, Order, Self-Organization. London: World Scientific

Caley, M.T. & Sawada, D. (Eds.) (1994). Mindscapes. The epistemology of Magoroh Maruyama. New York: Gordon & Breach.

Capra, F. (1996)The Web of Life An introduction to the new physics in terms of everyday reality

Capra, F. (1980). The turning point. New York: Bantam.

Casti J. (1994) Complexification New York, Harper-Collins

Checkland, P. (1981). Systems thinking, Systems practice. New York: Wiley.

Churchman, C.W. (1971). The design of inquiring systems. New York: Basic Books.

Churchman, C.W. (1968). The systems approach. New York: Laurel.

Ceruti, M. (1986). Il vincolo e la possibilita. [Constraint and possibility] Milano: Feltrinelli. [Eng. trans. 1994, Constraints and possibilities. The evolution of knowledge and knowledge of evolution. New York: Gordon & Breach.]

Cohen, J. Stewart, I. (1994) The Collapse of Chaos. New York Viking the search for emergence

Peter Corning (1983) The Synergism Hupothesis: A Theory of Progressive Evolution. New York: McGRaw Hill The book on Synergy

Davies, P. (1988). The Cosmic Blueprint. New discoveries in nature's creative ability to order the universe. New York: Touchstone.

Eisler, R. (1987). The chalice and the blade. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Emery, F. E. (Ed.). (1969). Systems thinking: Selected readings. London: Penguin Books.

Emery, M. (1982). Searching: In new ways, for new directions, in new times. Canberra: Australian National University Press.

Engelberg, J. (1994) The Nature of Integrative Study. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Gleick, J. (1987). Chaos. New York: Viking.

Goerner, S. M. (1994). Chaos and the evolving ecological universe. New York: Gordon & Breach.

Guidano, V.F. (1987). Complexity of the self. A developmental approach to psychopathology and therapy. New York: Guilford.

Habermas, J. (1979). Communication and the evolution of society. Boston: Beacon press.

Hampden-Turner, C. (1990). Charting corporate culture. New York: Addison Wesley.

Hampden-Turner, C. (1990). Charting the corporate mind. New York: Free Press.

Hampden-Turner, C. (1981). Maps of the mind. New York: Collie

Hinrichsen, D. & Pritchard, A. J. (2005). Mathematical Systems Theory. New York: Springer

Jantsch, E. (1980). The self organizing universe. New York: Pergamon. Revered by the masters

Jantsch, E. (1975). Design for evolution. Self-organization and planning in the life of human systems. New York: George Braziller.

Koestler, A. (1979). Janus: A summing up. London: Picador.

Krippner, S. Ruttenber, A.J. Engelman, S.R. & Granger, D.L. (1985). Towards the application of General Systems Theory in humanistic psychology. Systems Research, 2, 105-115.

Laszlo, E. (1996) The Whispering Pond

Laszlo, E. (1995). The Interconnected Universe. New Jersey, World Scientific. A small book, a great idea

Laszlo, E. (1993). The creative cosmos. A unified science of matter, life, and mind. Edinburgh: Floris Books.

Laszlo, E. (1987). Evolution: The grand synthesis. Boston: New Science Library.

Laszlo, E. (1972a). The systems view of the world. The natural philosophy of the new developments in the sciences. New York: George Brazillier.

Laszlo, E. (1972b). Introduction to systems philosophy. Toward a new paradigm of contemporary thought. San Francisco: Harper.

Lemkow, A. (1995) The wholeness Principle: Dynamics of Unity Within Science, Religion & Society. Quest Books, Wheaton. Perhaps the most innclusive book written on new knowledge

Loye, D., & Eisler, R. (1987). Chaos and transformation: implications of nonequilibrium theory for social science and society. Behavioral Science, 32 53-65.

Luhmann, N. (1990). Sistemi sociali. Fondamenti di una teoria generale. [Social systems. Foundations of a general theory.] Il Mulino, Bologna.

Lyotard, J-F. (1979). The postmodern condition: A report on knowledge. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Maruyama, M. (1974). Paradigmatology and its applications to cross-disciplinary, cross-professional and cross-cultural-communication. Dialectica, 28, 135-196.

Miller, J.G. 1995 [1978] . Living Systems. Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Montuori, A. & Conti, I. (1993). From power to partnership. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

Montuori, A. (1989). Evolutionary competence: Creating the future. Amsterdam: J. C. Gieben.

Morin, E. (1992). Method. Toward a study of humankind. Volume 1: The nature of nature. New York: Peter Lang.

Ogilvy, J. (1977). Many dimensional man. New York: Harper.

Oliga, J.C. (1988). Methodological foundations of systems methodologies. Systems Practice, 1, 87-112.

Popper, K., Eccles, J. (1981) The Self and its Brain: An Argument for Interactionism. New York, Springer

Sahtouris, E. (1989). Gaia. The human journey from Chaos to Cosmos. New York: Pocket.

Sauk, J. (1983). The Anatomy of Reality. a stab at the principle of unification

Senge, P. (1990). The Fifth Discipline. The art and practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday.

Greenstein, G. (1988) The Symbiotic Universe. New York, Morrow.

Stacey, R. (1992). Managing the unknowable. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Smuts, J.C, (1926) Holism and Evolution An early investigator of wholes

Watzlawick, P. (Ed.). (1983). The Invented Reality. New York: Norton.

Wheatley, M. (1992). Leadership and the New Science. San Francisco: Berrett Koehler.

Wilber, K. (1977) The Spectrum of Consciousness. Wheaton. Quest Books

Wilber, K. (1977) The Spectrum of consciousness, Quest Books. 2nd edition in 1993. Wilber, K. (1979)

No boundary, New Science Library A popularized guide giving an overview of the development process and various types of therapies.

Wilber, K. (1980) The Atman project, Wheaton: The Theosophical Publishing House. Evolution of consciousness in the individual biography. A very rich book integrating many strands of psychological theory.

Wilber, K. (1981) Up from Eden, Boston: Shambala Publications. Evolution of consciousness in the history of humanity. Draws on psychology, history, anthropology, religion, etc.

Wilber, K. (1983) A sociable God, McGraw-Hill. Sociology of religion.

Wilber, K. (1983) Eye to Eye. The Quest for the New Paradigm, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday. Revised edition 1989 by Shambala A book on science and knowledge from a transpersonal perspective.

Wilber; K. (1995) Sex, Ecology, Spirituality. The Spirit of Evolution, Boston & London: Shambala Publications. This is Grand Theory if there ever was one. . . Philosophy, cosmology, spirituality, gender issues, ecology, whatever you want. 800 pages.

Wilber, K (1996) A brief history of everything, Shambala Publications A very accessible "summary" of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality.

Wiener, N. (1967). The human use of human beings. Cybernetics and Society. New York: Avon.

ocial change

Clausen, L., "Social Differentiation and the Long-Term Origin of Disasters", in: "Natural Hazards", 1992 (VI), No. 2, p. 181-190, ISSN 0921-030X

ocial demography

ociology of disaster

New Species of Crisis: The Human Experience of Modern Disasters

*Verta Taylor. 1978. "Future Directions for Study." Pp. 252-280 in Disaster: Theory and Research, ed. E. L. Quarantelli. London: Sage Publications .E. L. Quarantelli and Verta A. Taylor. 1978.
*Lars Clausen, Elke M. Geenen, Elísio Macamo: "Entsetzliche soziale Prozesse. Theorie und Empirie der Katastrophen", Münster: LIT. 2003. Description:Disasters caused by human beings have become a "new species of social crises" that afflict persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways.


ocial Network Analysis

Scott, John. 2000. "Social Network Analysis: A Handbook." 2nd ed. London: Sage.

Wasserman, Stanley, and Katherine Faust. 1994. "Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wellman, Barry, and S.D. Berkowitz (Eds.). 1988. "Social Structures: A Network Approach." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Description and Importance: 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.

Urban sociology

The New Urban Sociology

* Guy Ankerl, Urbanization Overspeed in Tropical Africa, Geneva: INUPRESS,1986 ISBN 2-88155-000-2.
* Mark Gottdiener, Ray Hutchison
* Westview Press, 2006.Description: Representing a major contribution to the field, authors Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison present their breakthrough text in a new third edition, now completely revised and streamlined to provide students with a solid grounding on the topic. The book is organized around an integrated paradigm--the sociospatial perspective--which considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas. New case studies throughout the text represent the most recent work in the field, as well as key terms and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Additional updates include discussions of globalism, suburbanization, the multi-centered region as the new urban form, the new urbanism, and critical perspectives on planning and policy.


The urban question : a Marxist approach

* Manuel Castells
* Edward Arnold, 1977.

Experiencing Cities (2007)

Mark Hutter

Computational sociology

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