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50 Best Sociology Books of All Time

Society & Culture  (tags: Sociology Books, Social Science, Sociologists, Student )

- 2994 days ago -
Many students find themselves compelled to learn more about the social sciences because of their broad, interdisciplinary nature. In that spirit, this list also pulls from a spectrum of perspectives,


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Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday February 9, 2011, 4:09 am
Thanks Nancy.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday February 10, 2011, 11:52 am

zora b (85)
Thursday February 10, 2011, 12:31 pm
thank you for this valuable list! It is really good to know what to read.

Marian D (57)
Thursday February 10, 2011, 3:39 pm

Judy C (91)
Thursday February 10, 2011, 8:17 pm
This is a good list overall. Margaret Mead has been discredited quite a bit though, and the subject of subcultures is missing, unfortunately. Thanks, Nancy.

Lionel G. (4)
Thursday February 10, 2011, 8:25 pm
Mostly good choices, and many will think of others that should have been included. Notwithstanding, I take issue with including Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate. Pinker claims all cultures find sex both attractive and repugnant, which is manifestly not true. He is such a genetic determinism ideologue in his dogged insistence that we are all puppets driven by our genes to do everything possible to maximize reproductive success that he dismisses the objection that many couples do everything they can to AVOID reproductive success by saying it just proves his premise that we're all striving for reproductive success; in other words, Pinker wants to have it both ways. Pinker also sets up a straw man, sidestepping his pretense that the only alternative to genes dominating all behavior is the radical behaviorism of B. F, Skinner, a bald falsehood. We and the rest of the animal world are not slaves to something in our DNA. Cultures are extremely diverse in many respects, and were so considered before the evolutionary psychologists took over cultural anthropology. Truth is far more complex and interesting than Pinker would have you believe. Read Biology as Ideology by Richard Lewontin.

Robert O (12)
Friday February 11, 2011, 9:45 am
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