1. Core Texts 6 items
    These are the ones you should consider buying first. You might also consider buying one ore two from the subsequent list (Very useful introductory texts), if you have the resources.
    1. Social things: an introduction to the sociological life - Lemert, Charles C. 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text This is the main book we will be using in term 1. There is a newer edition - the 5th.

    2. Introducing sociological theory - O'Byrne, Darren J. 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text This book will be particularly useful in term 2.

    3. Sociology: the basics - Kenneth Plummer 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A useful alternative to the Lemert book, although it takes a rather different approach.

    4. The sociological imagination - C. Wright Mills 2000 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text An essential classic of sociology

    5. Critical sociology - Steven M. Buechler 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book  tps

  2. Step 1: Very useful introductory texts 10 items
    You should only use these kinds of book to orient yourself to the topic you are researching - or as a life-belt when you are 'drowning' in the material.
    1. A dictionary of sociology 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text Very useful for all three years of your degree studies - whatever Degree you are on (in the social sciences).

    2. The metaphorical society: an invitation to social theory - Rigney, Daniel c2001 (electronic resource)

      Book  Thinksoc

    3. Collins dictionary of sociology - David Jary, Julia Jary 2005

      Book Core Text All dictionaries of sociology are very useful resoruces - to save you when you are drowning in the concepts - this one served me very well throughout my undergraduate degree, and I was still using it when doing my PhD - keep it by your bed!

    4. Sociology: a global introduction - Macionis, John J., Plummer, Kenneth 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book  All editions of this book are very useful.

    5. Introduction to sociology - Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, Richard P. Appelbaum, Deborah S. Carr 2016

      Book  Very comprehensive and clearly written.

    6. Sociology - Fulcher, James, Scott, John 2011


    7. The meaning of sociology - Joel M. Charon, Lee Garth Vigilant 2016

      Book Recommended Reading

    8. What is sociology? - Chris Livesey 14/11/2008

      Audio-visual document  ThinkSoc

    9. Sociology: themes and perspectives - Michael Haralambos, Martin Holborn 2013

      Book Recommended Reading This is an 'A' Level book - you are studying for a degree. NEVER, EVER reference this book. The approach set out in this book flattens and cliches your sociological imagination. It might assist you in producing a mechanical essay, but will not help you think sociologically.

    10. A student's writing guide: how to plan and write successful essays - Gordon Taylor, Gordon Taylor, ProQuest (Firm) 2009 (electronic resource)


  3. Rhetoric and Argument 9 items
    1. How to argue - Alastair Bonnett 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text

    2. The art of sociological argument - Graham Crow 2005

      Book Core Text

    3. How to write essays & assignments - McMillan, Kathleen, Weyers, Jonathan 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading

    4. A rulebook for arguments - Weston, Anthony 2009

      Book Recommended Reading

    5. How to think philosophically - David Rowe 13/07/2011

      Webpage  thinksoc

  4. Step 2: More challenging recommended reading 10 items
    1. Core sociological dichotomies - Jenks, Chris 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book  A very useful book for dipping in and out of.

    2. Thinking sociologically - Zygmunt Bauman, Tim May 2001 (electronic resource)

      Book Core Text A fine book from one of the moderns masters of sociological thinking (Bauman). It is rather wordy and heavy in places - may present a bit of a challenge.

    3. The art of sociological argument - Graham Crow 2005

      Book Recommended Reading

    4. Liberation sociology - Joe R. Feagin, Hernan Vera, Kimberly Ducey 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading

    5. The politics of crowds: an alternative history of sociology - Borch, Christian 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book  think soc

    6. The sociological ambition: elementary forms of social and moral life - Shilling, Chris, Mellor, Philip A., ebrary, Inc 2001 (electronic resource)

      Book  Available as a eBook online through the NTU Library, and as a real book in the Boots Library.

    7. The causal power of social structures - Elder-Vass, Dave 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Independent Research

    8. Theories of social order: a reader - Hechter, Michael, Horne, Christine c2009

      Book Recommended Reading

    9. Reflexivity: the essential guide - Tim May, Beth Perry 2017

      Book Recommended Reading

  5. Further exploration 5 items
    More detailed and more challenging.
    1. Sociological insight: an introduction to non-obvious sociology - Randall Collins 1992

      Book Independent Research

    2. Rethinking modernity: postcolonialism and the sociological imagination - Bhambra, Gurminder K. 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Independent Research

    3. The reality of social construction - Dave Elder-Vass 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book  DSW think soc

    4. Actor-network theory: trials, trails and translations - Mike Michael 2016

      Book Independent Research

  6. The Promise of Sociology 2 items
    1. A sociology of caravans - Peter Beilharz, Sian Supski 2017


  7. How are things? 1 item
  8. Social Normality 4 items
    1. Disability rights and wrongs revisited - Tom Shakespeare 2013 (electronic resource)


    2. Exploring disability: a sociological introduction - Barnes, Colin, Mercer, G. 2010

      Book Recommended Reading

    3. Rules for distinguishing between the normal and the pathological [chapter 3] - Émile Durkheim, George E.G. Catlin, Sarah A. Solovay, John H. Mueller


  9. Feminism 1 item
    1. The future of feminism - Walby, Sylvia 2011 (electronic resource)


  10. Globalisation 3 items
    1. Tourism and national identities: an international perspective - Frew, Elspeth, White, Leanne 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading

    2. Global tourism - Theobald, William F. 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Independent Research

    3. Searching for a different future: the rise of a global middle class in Morocco - Cohen, Shana 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Independent Research think soc globalisation

  11. TV programme 1 item
    1. The secret of Lincoln Jail: a Time Team special 30/06/2013

      Audio-visual document Recommended Reading This is available to view through Box of Broadcasts (BoB). Access BoB through the Find Database link in Library OneSearch, log in with your NTU username and password, then search for the programme by title in the archives.

  12. The subject of human being - Chris Haley 2017


  13. The subject of human being - Chris Haley 2017