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You can search for both print and electronic books through the Library's online catalog. Type the keyword(s) in the search bar below and then hit 'Search'. Keywords can be any combination of words from the author, title, or subject fields. Examples are:
- revolut* and United States (will retrieve revolution, revolutionary, revolutions and so on COMBINED with United States)
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If you'd prefer to peruse our shelves rather than search our catalog, most sociology books can be located under the following Library of Congress call numbers:
- Sociology (General): HM (1)-1281
- Social History & Conditions; Social problems; Social reform: HN 1-955
- The Family; Marriage; Women: HQ 1-2044
- Societies (Secret, Benevolent, etc.): HS 1-3371
- Communities; Class; Races: HT 51-1595
- Social Pathology; Social & Public Welfare: HV 1-9960
- Socialism; Communism; Anarchism: HX 1-970.7
You can also browse the catalog for books and DVDs using these subject keywords.
Sociology Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
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Interesting Books and eBooks Related to Sociology
The Student Loan Mess
Call Number: LB2340.2 .B48 2014 (Main: 2nd Floor Circulation)
This illuminating investigation uncovers the full dimensions of the student loan disaster. A father and son team;one a best-selling sociologist, the other a former banker and current quantitative researcher;probes how we've reached the point at which student loan debt;now exceeding $1 trillion and predicted to reach $2 trillion by 2020;threatens to become the sequel to the mortgage meltdown. With more than half of college students carrying an average debt of $27,000 at graduation, what are the prospects for young adults in the current economy? Examining how we've arrived at and how we might extricate ourselves from this grave social problem, The Student Loan Mess is a must-read for everyone concerned about the future of American education.
All Joy and No Fun
Call Number: HQ755.8 .S453 2014 (Main: 2nd Floor Circulation)
Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Fun makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.
Below is a list of sociology related books and ebooks the library has in the collection. In order to access ebooks off-campus you will need to use your student ID # and 8 digit birthday to log in. (Example: Log In: 123456789 / Password: 01011900)
Call Number: HQ536 .C7575 2010 (Main: 2nd Floor Circulation)
When state voters passed the California Marriage Protection Act (Proposition 8) in 2008, it restricted the definition of marriage to a legal union between a man and a woman. The act s passage further agitated an already roiling national debate about whether American notions of family could or should expand to include, for example, same-sex marriage, unmarried cohabitation, and gay adoption. But how do Americans really define family? The first study to explore this largely overlooked question, Counted Out examines currents in public opinion to assess their policy implications and predict how Americans definitions of family may change in the future. Counted Out demonstrates that American definitions of family are becoming more expansive. Who counts as family has far-reaching implications for policy, including health insurance coverage, end-of-life decisions, estate rights, and child custody. Public opinion matters.
Between Sex and Power
Call Number: HQ518 .T47 2004eb (ebook)
The institution of the family changed hugely during the course of the twentieth century. In this major new work, Göran Therborn provides a global history and sociology of the family as an institution and of politics within the family, focusing on three dimensions of family relations: on the rights and powers of fathers and husbands; on marriage, cohabitation and extra-marital sexuality; and on population policy. Therborn's empirical analysis uses a multi-disciplinary approach to show how the major family systems of the world have been formed and developed. Therborn concludes by assessing what changes the family might see during the next century. This book will be essential reading for anybody with an interest in either the sociology or the history of the family.
Gang Leader for a Day
Call Number: HV6439.U7 C46 2008 (Ottenheimer-North)
When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT's protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart.
Divergent Social Worlds
Call Number: HV6789 .P48 2010 (Main: 2nd Floor Circulation)
More than half a century after the first Jim Crow laws were dismantled, the majority of urban neighborhoods in the United States remain segregated by race. The degree of social and economic advantage or disadvantage that each community experiences particularly its crime rate is most often a reflection of which group is in the majority. As Ruth Peterson and Lauren Krivo note in Divergent Social Worlds, Race, place, and crime are still inextricably linked in the minds of the public. This book broadens the scope of single-city, black/white studies by using national data to compare local crime patterns in five racially distinct types of neighborhoods. Peterson and Krivo meticulously demonstrate how residential segregation creates and maintains inequality in neighborhood crime rates. Residential segregation reproduces existing privilege or disadvantage in neighborhoods such as adequate or inadequate schools, political representation, and local business increasing the potential for crime and instability in impoverished non-white areas yet providing few opportunities for residents to improve conditions or leave. Divergent Social Worlds lays to rest the popular misconception that persistently high crime rates in impoverished, non-white neighborhoods are merely the result of individual pathologies or, worse, inherent group criminality. Yet Peterson and Krivo also show that the reality of crime inequality in urban neighborhoods is no less alarming. Separate, the book emphasizes, is inherently unequal. Divergent Social Worlds lays the groundwork for closing the gap and for next steps among organizers, policymakers, and future researchers.
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