What are the best books about sociology ?

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    #1Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation is an autobiography written by Elizabeth Wurtzel wherein she tells her journey from suffering depression, suicide attempts, drug therapy and getting back to living. 

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    Celia Miranda
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is definitely the book to read if you are suffering from depression or know someone who is. It is extremely intense and well written. The feelings this young woman has is projected onto the reader. The despair, the frustration and irritation. It is extremely well written and I highly recommend it."
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    #2Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

    Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
    Robert Putnam analyses the social change that has driven us to become more and more disconnected from other humans, how the power of social structures like churches or political parties is becoming less important every day and the consequences these broken bonds might have in a near future. 




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    Nicolás Carrasco
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Very nice and it would be seeing about the political parties"
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    #3The Sociological Imagination

    The Sociological Imagination
    C. Wright Mills shares his ideas on how social science should be done: he thinks that a humanist point of view is key in such science, as it needs to connect the social, historical and personal dimensions of everyone's lives. This book seeks a sociological vision of the world, in which everyone can see the links existing between personal problems and social issues. 





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    Dylan Harvey
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "A basic social and cultural primer to the fascinating observations of how we create and manage our experiences in life. The author slowly educates the reader on the nuances of sociology and goes point by point to illustrate the fine points of why humans act in the manner that we do. A great book for high school or college students who are interested in preparing for psychology courses."
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    #4The Madness of Our Lives: Experiences of Mental Breakdown and Recovery

    The Madness of Our Lives: Experiences of Mental Breakdown and Recovery

    This first-hand account of mental illnesses, breakdowns and their recoveries will allow you to know more about why such episodes happen, how to overcome them, and what is left for those who manage to fully recover. 

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    Jennifer Chen
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a good read. It's a little stern but if you can get past that it has a lot of information."
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    #5Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

    Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

    In this book, Nicholas B. Dirks traces the whole history of India's castes system, a way of organizing this country society that was maximized during the British domination of India. Starting from the original caste idea, which dates from many years ago, we can get to know why today's India society is what it is.

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    David Caballero
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "seems fitting"
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    #6The New Jim Crow

    The New Jim Crow
    This book shares the idea that America's society has achieved a new era of colorblindness, which starting point is the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Michelle Alexander says that this doesn't mean that racism is over, society has just redesigned. 
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    Bruce Johnston
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I like this book as it has a lot of social lessons from current events to past ones. I gained a lot of ideas I can put forth or keep in mind with the current times."
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    #7To the Survivors

    To the Survivors

    To the Survivors: One Man's Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence is a nonfiction psychology book written by Robert Utaro. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Createspace.

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    Claire Li
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was a powerful read. The topic of assault, let alone sexual assault, is always tricky and a sensitive subject. To the survivors was so beautifully written and I absolutely loved the fact that all the stories were told in a completely uncensored fashion. You were able to really feel the emotion behind these brave individuals' stories. "
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    #8Chinese Education in Singapore

    Chinese Education in Singapore

    Chinese Education in Singapore: An Untold Story of Conflict and Change is a non-fiction book written by Zhang Zhixiong. It is an informative book about the conflicts and issues of the Chinese community in Singapore.

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    Alice Alexander
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Wow, what an interesting book. It's very well researched and quite interesting. It can be a bit dense but read this one if you're interested in sociology-type books. "
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    #9Dalit Women Speak Out: Caste, Class and Gender Violence in India

    Dalit Women Speak Out: Caste, Class and Gender Violence in India
    This book is an extensive and deep analysis of Indian society, which despite being illegal, is still segregated by caste and gender. It focuses on Dalit women, those women of the worst caste and who are forced to do the worst jobs.
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    Phillip Lee
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Dalit Women Speak Out: Caste, Class and Gender Violence in India is a book about the way of the life of Indians that live in the way of old times, with gender segregation. It's an interesting read, and recommended to anyone that enjoys reading about different cultures around the world."
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    #10Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture

    Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture

    Johan Huizinga explains how playing has become the central activity in every society to date: starting from ancient times, the author makes the case that the will to play and the appetite of testing oneself is a human characteristic, something that every society from every time have in common. 

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    Wayne Holland
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book is a great read. It shows how playing is something universal against all cultures. I would read it again."
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    #11The Construction of Homosexuality

    The Construction of Homosexuality
    Why homosexuality was something perfectly common in ancient Greece but nowadays is banned in many countries? This book explores the history of homosexuality in many societies of all time, explaining why today's society has determined that homosexuality is deviant despite having existed since ancient times.



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    Ethan Williamson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "A very interesting read about a very controversial subject, homosexuality. It goes deep into the annals of history about homosexuality. I don't know if it swayed me one way or the other, but it was definitely informative."
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    #12One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.
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    Cynthia Morrison
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a really great American classic. Most people are familiar with the film but the book is undeniably better. Even though it was written in the 1960's, it still holds up because the characters are just so well written and easy to relate to. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. I can't recommend this book to anyone enough."
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    #13Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent

    Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent

    Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent is a Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Non-fiction book written by A.K. Thompson. It was published October 12, 2010 by AK Press.

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    Carol Pena
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is great insight to the way that things work and how people treat each other."
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    #14It's Complicated

    It's Complicated

    It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens is a non-fiction book by Danah Boyd. Based on years of fieldwork, it provides insights on how social networks greatly affect the lives of teenagers.

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    Christina Meng
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This was a fascinating book that shed light on a somewhat controversial aspect of our society today. I found it to be an important read."
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    #15Fist Stick Knife Gun

    Fist Stick Knife Gun

    Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America is a non-fiction book written by Geoffrey Canada, first published in 1995. It talks about the effects of urban poverty on violence. 

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    Diane Payne
    Written on May 5, 2018
    ""Fist Stick Knife Gun" is one of the best sociologic books that I've read to date. It's quite morbid but it paints a picture necessary to peer into today's urban ills. This is a great read for 16 and up."
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    #16The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is a book by Max Weber which discusses the Protestant Ethic, a code of hard work and discipline, and how it opposes Marx's concepts. It was published in 2003 by Dover Publications.

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    Jeremy Hudson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "One of those books that is almost a requirement to be able to call yourself a type of expert and be able to discuss matters related to socialism vs capitalism and the American work ethic. Thorough account which will make the reader smarter in the end."
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    #17Democracy and Social Ethics

    Democracy and Social Ethics

    Democracy and Social Ethics is a book by Jane Addams which discusses in full the concept of American democracy, its potential, as well as the challenges of actually attaining and realizing it. It was published in 2006 by Echo Library.

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    Juan Antonio Sotelo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Democracy and Social Ethics is a book by Jane Addams which discusses in full the concept of American democracy, its potential, as well as the challenges of actually attaining and realizing it"
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    #18Structural Anthropology

    Structural Anthropology

    Structural Anthropology is a book by Claude Levi-Strauss which discusses the structural method in relation to social anthropology, as well as the relation of kinship, religion, and social organization to it. It was published in 1974 by Basic Books.

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    Alexander Cooper
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I find sociology to be a very interesting topic and I often read books about it to learn more. I found "Structural Anthropology" to be a very clearly written and concise book about this subject. It taught me a considerable amount and I was very easily able to understand it. It's great for beginners or more advanced students!"
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    #19Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society

    Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society

    Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society is a book by Emile Durkheim where he discussed his reflections on morality and society, and how his various theories apply to understanding the society. It was published in 1975 by University of Chicago Press.

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    Aaryan Chatterjee
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I earned a minor in psychology during my undergraduate studies and, through that degree, I became somewhat familiar with Durkeim. Though this area of expertise did not strictly match up with mine, I found him to be thoughtful and rational. When I had the chance to read this book, I imagined myself in his shoes taking the time to step back and reflect on how his work was influenced. "
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