What are the best essential sociology books?

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    #1The 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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    Olivia Grant
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If this book had been written in the 21st century, I would say it is the book to read on sociology. As it is, it's one of the best books on the subject. It's just a little out of touch, being nearly 60 years old."
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    #2The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.

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    Ying Yang
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Classic book that I think everyone majoring, or just interested in sociology should read. Karl Marx is controversial to many, but I think everyone should have a chance to form their own opinions about him by reading this. He presents his vision of communism and it can help give insight into these sometimes confusing types of governments. "
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    #3The 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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    Brandon Moreno
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is a sociology book that i always recommend. If you want to learn how to work harder and be more disciplined, this book is for you."
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    #4The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations is a classical economical financial book about political thought written by Adam Smith. First published in 1776, this book is published in 2003 by Bantam Classics. This has over 1,000 pages.


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    Kevin Harrison
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Wealth of Nations is an important philosophical and economics book of the American Revolution, but you can't deny it's a dry read. The language should be updated and the length could be cut down considerably. Unless you're majoring in something that requires this book, I think it's just as good to read a wikipedia article on the subject that not only summarizes the ideas of the publication, but also uses words more easily understadable for today's audience."
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    #5Emile 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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    #6Structural 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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    Steven Wagner
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are interested in sociology then you must add a copy of this book to your library. Levi-Strauss changed the way many anthropologists approached their research. He argued that all cultures share the same basic characteristics and that these elements must be studied through their place in the structures that support all the things people do, think, and feel. Even if newer theories have questioned Levi-Strauss's work I feel this book and its theories are important for any anthropologist to understand."
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    #7Democracy in America

    Democracy in America

    Democracy in America is a book by Alexis De Tocqueville published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.


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    Marie Lopez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you are interested in these types of books, you really need to read this one! This one is usually required to be read by highschool and college students for school. There is good reason! Every American should really look into this book, and learn from it! "
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    #8To 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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    Johnny Brooks
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book tackles a very difficult subject in a very direct way. Written by a rape crisis counselor, To the Survivors chronicles the victims' stories of victimization and recovery in their own words. The subjects are diverse in age, gender, and circumstance yet their stories can be woven together in a meaningful way. This is a great resource for those who wish to contemplate their own situations. "
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    #9Democracy 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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    Jessica Santos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Not the most exciting read in the world, but full of articulate insight, and still very relevant after 100 years."
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    #10The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk is a non-fiction history book written by W.E.B. Du Bois. This African American classic book is firs published in 


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    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Few people have written so incisively about the culture and mentality of a people as W.E.B. Du Bois wrote about black Americans. I read this book in college and it blew my mind with its knowledge and understanding."
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    #11The Republic

    The Republic
    The Republic is one of the most famous works of the Greek philosopher Plato. Written around 380 BC, the book is a Socratic dialogue in which an ideal state is defined. Is considered one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory.

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    Brittany Knight
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Wow, what an amazing piece of history this writing is! You really cannot understate the importance of Plato's "The Republic." The writing explores what an ideal state/nation/society is and how to achieve it. I won't go into too much detail, but the writing covers A LOT of ground. It discusses the nature of justice, the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the role of philosophy and poetry in society. If you consider yourself a learned person, you cannot skip over this writing from 380 BC. The insight it provides to our world TO THIS DAY is simply amazing."


Best What are the best essential sociology books
1The Sociological ImaginationBooks 43 Paid
2The Communist ManifestoBooks 38 Paid
3The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Books 35 Paid
4The Wealth of NationsBooks 34 Paid
5Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society Books 33 Paid
6Structural AnthropologyBooks 20 Paid
7Democracy in AmericaBooks 17 Paid
8To the SurvivorsBooks 9 Paid
9Democracy and Social EthicsBooks 7 Paid
10The Souls of Black FolkBooks 4 Paid

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