Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Social Sciences Research. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a new foreword and brand-new tools


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In hardcover for the first time, this tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1  New York Times  bestseller features a new foreword and brand-new tools to make the work your own. For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe. What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”

  • Author: Brené Brown
  • Publisher: Random House; Anniversary edition (September 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0593133583
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches

                 

2. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of  Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection Look for Brené Brown’s new podcast,  Dare to Lead,  as well as her ongoing podcast  Unlocking Us ! HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK   “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

  • Author: Brené Brown
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 27, 2019)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0812985818
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.53 x 5.45 inches

                 

3. The Death and Life of Great American Cities


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written. Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in. 'Perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning... Jacobs has a powerful sense of narrative, a lively wit, a talent for surprise and the ability to touch the emotions as well as the mind' New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Jane Jacobs
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (November 17, 2016)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History

                 

4. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

This bestselling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions; key elements of the research process; a review of the literature; an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. New to this Edition Updated discussion on designing a proposal for a research project and on the steps in designing a research study.   Additional content on epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology and method.  Additional updates on the transformative worldview.  Expanded coverage on specific approaches such as case studies, participatory action research, and visual methods.  Additional information about social media, online qualitative methods, and mentoring and reflexivity in qualitative methods.  Incorporation of action research and program evaluation in mixed methods and coverage of the latest advances in the mixed methods field Additional coverage on qualitative and quantitative data analysis software in the respective methods chapters.  Additional information about causality and its relationship to statistics in quantitative methods.  Incorporation of writing discussion sections into each of the three methodologies.  Current references and additional readings are included in this new edition.

  • Author: John W. Creswell
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 5th edition (January 2, 2018)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1506386706
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.69 x 10 inches

                 

5. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

A landmark, prize-winning, international bestselling examination of how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias and disadvantages women, now in paperback Winner of the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Winner of the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development to health care to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this insidious bias, in time, in money, and often with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates this shocking root cause of gender inequality in the award-winning, #1 international bestseller Invisible Women . Examining the home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more, Criado Perez unearths a dangerous pattern in data and its consequences on women’s lives. Product designers use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to everything from pianos to cell phones to voice recognition software, when in fact this approach is designed to fit men. Cities prioritize men’s needs when designing public transportation, roads, and even snow removal, neglecting to consider women’s safety or unique responsibilities and travel patterns. And in medical research, women have largely been excluded from studies and textbooks, leaving them chronically misunderstood, mistreated, and misdiagnosed. Built on hundreds of studies in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, highly readable exposé that will change the way you look at the world.

  • Author: Caroline Criado Perez
  • Publisher: Abrams Press (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Sociology
  • ISBN: 978-1419735219
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.45 x 8.25 inches

                 



6. 180 Days of Social Studies: Grade 6 - Daily Social Studies Workbook for Classroom and Home, Cool and Fun Civics Practice, Elementary School Level ... Created by Teachers (180 Days of Practice)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

Supplement your social studies curriculum with 180 days of daily practice! This essential classroom resource provides teachers with weekly social studies units that build students' content-area literacy, and are easy to incorporate into the classroom. Students will analyze primary sources, answer text-dependent questions, and improve their grade-level social studies knowledge. Each week covers a particular topic within one of the four social studies disciplines: history, economics, civics, and geography. Aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and state standards, this resource includes digital materials.

  • Author: Kathy Flynn
  • Publisher: Shell Education; 1st edition (February 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1425813987
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches

                 

7. The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

This invaluable manual from world-renowned expert Johnny Saldaña illuminates the process of qualitative coding and provides clear, insightful guidance for qualitative researchers at all levels. The fourth edition includes a range of updates that build upon the huge success of the previous editions: A structural reformat has increased accesibility; the 3 sections from the previous edition are now spread over 15 chapters for easier sectional reference There are two new first cycle coding methods join the 33 others in the collection: Metaphor Coding and Themeing the Data: Categorically Includes a brand new companion website with links to SAGE journal articles, sample transcripts, links to CAQDAS sites, student exercises, links to video and digital content Analytic software screenshots and academic references have been updated, alongside several new figures added throughout the manual It remains the only book that looks specifically at coding qualitative data, as a core but often neglected skill that researchers and students alike need to effectively make sense of their data and to identify patterns, before they can analyse the material. Saldana presents a range of coding options with advantages and disadvantages to help researchers to choose the most appropriate approach for their project, reinforcing their perspective with real world examples, used to show step-by-step processes and to demonstrate important skills

  • Author: Johnny Saldana
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth edition (March 31, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1529731743
  • Dimensions: 6.69 x 1 x 9.53 inches

                 

8. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and in The Lucifer Effect Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women. Zimbardo is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Here, for the first time and in detail, he tells the full story of this landmark study, in which a group of college-student volunteers was randomly divided into guards and inmates and then placed in a mock prison environment. Within a week, the study was abandoned, as ordinary college students were transformed into either brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally broken prisoners. By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the "bad apple" with the "bad barrel" - the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around. This is a book that dares to hold a mirror up to mankind, showing us that we might not be who we think we are. While forcing us to reexamine what we are capable of doing when caught up in the crucible of behavioral dynamics, though, Zimbardo also offers hope. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically.

  • Author: Philip Zimbardo
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Health & Wellness, Psychology & Mental Health, Psychology, Social Psychology & Interactions

                 

9. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

Now in its Seventh Edition , Neil J. Salkind’s bestselling Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics with new co-author Bruce B. Frey teaches an often intimidating subject with a humorous, personable, and informative approach that reduces statistics anxiety. With instruction in SPSS®, the authors guide students through basic and advanced statistical procedures, from correlation and graph creation to analysis of variance, regression, non-parametric tests, and more.  The Seventh Edition includes new real-world examples, additional coverage on multiple regression and power and effect size, and a robust interactive eBook with video tutorials and animations of key concepts. In the end, students who (think they) hate statistics will understand how to explain the results of many statistical analyses and won’t be intimidated by basic statistical tasks.

  • Author: Neil J. Salkind
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 7th edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1544381855
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.16 x 10 inches

                 

10. iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Social Sciences Research - August 2021

As seen in Time , USA TODAY , The Atlantic , The Wall Street Journal , and on CBS This Morning , BBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR, iGen is crucial reading to understand how the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s up to the mid-2000s, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps contributing to their unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. With the first members of iGen just graduating from college, we all need to understand them: friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.

  • Author: Jean M. Twenge PhD
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (September 4, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Technology
  • ISBN: 978-1501152016
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.38 inches