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Selected College Sociology Textbooks

and some useful related sites Prepared by Paul DiMaggio Updated by Caroline Persell, 3/19/09

Margaret Andersen and Howard Taylor, Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society.

Jeanne H. Ballantine and Keith A. Roberts. Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology. 2006. Pine Forge Press.

Dalton Conley. 2009. You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist. New York: W.W. Norton.

Susan J. Ferguson, Mapping the Social Landscape. (A reader – Many of the textbooks also have associated readers.)

Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard Appelbaum. Introduction to Sociology.

Jeff Goodwin and James Jasper. 2007. The Contexts Reader. New York: W.W. Norton.

James Henslin, Essentials of Sociology.,3882,0205337139:0205352243:0205319149,00.htm

William Kornblum and Carolyn Smith. Sociology in a Changing World

John J. Macionis and Ken Plummer, Sociology: A Global Introduction.,5445,395997-main,00.html

Richard T. Schaefer. Sociology, 10th Edition.

Henry Tischler, Introduction to Sociology, 9th Edition.

Selected Short Introductory Books in Sociology, Prepared by Caroline Persell 10/26/01

Babbie, Earl R. 1994. What is Society? Reflections on Freedom, Order, and Change. Thousand Oaks, CA, Pine Forge Press.

Charon, Joel M. 1999. The Meaning of Sociology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. —. 2001. Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Collins, R. and M. Makowsky. 1998. The Discovery of Society. New York, McGraw Hill.

Collins, Randall. Sociological Insight: An Introduction to Non-Obvious Sociology. Oxford University Press.

Dandaneau, Steven P. Taking it Big. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Giddens, Anthony. 1987. Sociology: A Brief but Critical Introduction. Second Edition. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Hachen, David S., Jr. 2001. Sociology in Action: Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Johnson, Allan. The Forest and the Trees. Mayfield. Lemert, Charles. Social Things, Rowman and Littlefield.

Levin, W. C. (1994). Sociological Ideas: Concepts and Applications. Belmont, CA, Wadsworth.

Newman, D. M. (2000). Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life. Thousand Oaks, CA, Pine Forge Press.

O'Brien, Jodi. 1999. Social Prisms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Schwalbe, Michael. 2001. The Sociologically Examined Life. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

More recent editions of many of these books are now available. Further suggestions and comments are most welcome.