Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

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

1. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. Tom Nichols' The Death of Expertise shows how this rejection of experts has occurred: the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24 hour entertainment machine, among other reasons. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. When ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy or, in the worst case, a combination of both. An update to the 2017breakout hit, the paperback edition of The Death of Expertise provides a new foreword to cover the alarming exacerbation of these trends in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election. Judging from events on the ground since it first published, The Death of Expertise issues a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age that is even more important today.

  • Author: Tom Nichols
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0190865979
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 3 inches


2. Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment presents a current and comprehensive examination of human behavior using a multidimensional framework. Author Elizabeth D. Hutchison explores the biological dimension and the social factors that affect human development and behavior, encouraging readers to connect their own personal experiences with social trends in order to recognize the unity of person and environment. Aligned with the 2015 curriculum guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the substantially updated Sixth Edition includes a greater emphasis on culture and diversity, immigration, neuroscience, and the impact of technology. Twelve new case studies illustrate a balanced breadth and depth of coverage to help readers apply theory and general social work knowledge to unique practice situations.

  • Author: Elizabeth D. Hutchison
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 6th edition (September 3, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1544339290
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.32 x 10 inches


3. Unfuck Your Boundaries: Build Better Relationships Through Consent, Communication, and Expressing Your Needs (5-minute Therapy)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Boundaries are the ways we communicate our needs. They are what allow us to feel safe among strangers, in everyday interactions, and in our closest relationships. When we have healthy boundaries, we have a strong foundation in an uncertain world. And when someone crosses your boundaries, or you cross someone else's, the result range from unsettling to catastrophic. In this book, bestselling author Dr. Faith Harper offers a full understanding of issues of boundaries and consent, how we can communicate and listen more effectively, and how to survive and move on from situations where our boundaries are violated. Along the way, you'll learn when and how to effectively say "no" (and "yes"), troubleshoot conflict, and respect your own and others' boundaries like a pro. You'll be amazed at how much these skills improve your relationships with friends, strangers, coworkers, and loved ones.

  • Author: Faith G. Harper
  • Publisher: Microcosm Pub; 2nd edition (September 9, 2019)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-1621061007
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7 inches


4. Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Topics such as race , gender , politics , religion , and sexuality are part of our students' lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations? How can we be proactive and take steps to engaging in the types of conversations where risk is high but the payoff could be even greater? Being the Change is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. Sara K. Ahmed identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension , providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today's society. Each chapter includes clear, transferrable lessons and practical strategies that help students learn about a targeted social comprehension concept. From exploring identity and diversity to understanding and addressing biases and microaggressions, Sara demonstrates how to address real issues honestly in the classroom while honoring and empowering students. Dealing with social issues is uncomfortable and often messy, but you can build habitats of trust where kids and adults can make their thinking visible and cultivate empathy; where expression, identity, and social literacy matter. There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations. **** "I am convinced that every class of kids I work with is filled with change agents who will make this world the one we teach toward. I believe that my students will carry the work of doing right by this world into their own lives. I'll bet you believe this about your kids, too." -Sara K. Ahmed

  • Author: Sara K. Ahmed
  • Publisher: Heinemann; Illustrated edition (March 22, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Education
  • ISBN: 978-0325099705
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.43 x 9 inches


5. Training Manual for Behavior Technicians Working with Individuals with Autism

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Training Manual for Behavior Technicians Working with Individuals with Autism is a practical manual and ongoing professional resource for frontline staff undergoing training to become Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). RBT is the recommended certification of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for entry-level staff who implement behavior analytic services. This Manual complements the 40-hour training for RBTs and helps those who have completed training prepare for their certification exam. Following the RBT Task List set forth by the BACB, it prompts the reader to generate novel examples of mastered concepts, and real-life vignettes. Training Manual for Behavior Technicians Working with Individuals with Autism also: Details the fundamentals of measurement and data collection Introduces assessments of both behavior and environment Explains skills acquisition and related teaching procedures Covers behavior reduction plans Includes documentation and planning information Looks at ethics and professional conduct.

  • Author: Jonathan Tarbox
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1st edition (October 6, 2016)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0128094082
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches


6. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Michel Foucult offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the questions of what we are to what our sexuality is.

  • Author: Michel Foucault
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0679724698
  • Dimensions: 5.15 x 0.45 x 7.98 inches


7. Empowerment Series: Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Multidimensional Perspective

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

This lively, comprehensive introduction to human behavior in the social environment offers a multidimensional approach, with discussion of integrative practice, theory, treatment, and services as well as matters pertaining to diversity. You'll find solid coverage of foundation knowledge, material on the biopsychosocial dimensions for assessing social functioning, and case studies to illuminate the applied aspects of case formulation processes. The sixth edition integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), helping you connect foundation knowledge with practice concerns. Study tables and concept maps clarify major phases of biopsychosocial development. In short, this text's framework gives you a concrete tool for assessing human behavior from a perspective that reflects the values and knowledge base of the social work profession.

  • Author: Jose B. Ashford
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6th edition (January 1, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1305860308
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches


8. Society Of The Spectacle

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

The Das Kapital of the 20th century. An essential text, and the main theoretical work of the situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960's up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life in the late 20th century. This is the original translation by Fredy Perlman, kept in print continuously for the last 30 years, keeping the flame alive when no-one else cared.

  • Author: Guy DEBORD
  • Publisher: Black & Red (January 1, 2002)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Economics
  • ISBN: 978-0934868075
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches


9. Civilization and Its Discontents

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

Freud’s seminal volume of twentieth-century cultural thought grounded in psychoanalytic theory, now with a new introduction by Christopher Hitchens. Written in the decade before Freud’s death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and most brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization’s trajectory? Freud’s theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work. Of the various English translations of Freud’s major works to appear in his lifetime, only Norton’s Standard Edition, under the general editorship of James Strachey, was authorized by Freud himself. This new edition includes both an introduction by the renowned cultural critic and writer Christopher Hitchens as well as Peter Gay’s classic biographical note on Freud.

  • Author: Sigmund Freud
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0393304510
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches


10. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sociology - August 2021

A fascinating persuasive history of how sugar has shaped the world, from European colonies to our modern diets In this eye-opening study, Sidney Mintz shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life, and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry. He discusses the production and consumption of sugar, and reveals how closely interwoven are sugar's origins as a "slave" crop grown in Europe's tropical colonies with is use first as an extravagant luxury for the aristocracy, then as a staple of the diet of the new industrial proletariat. Finally, he considers how sugar has altered work patterns, eating habits, and our diet in modern times. "Like sugar, Mintz is persuasive, and his detailed history is a real treat." - San Francisco Chronicle

  • Author: Sidney W. Mintz
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 5, 1986)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0140092332
  • Dimensions: 5.04 x 0.55 x 7.74 inches