Bibliography of sociology

This bibliography of sociology is a list of works, organized by subdiscipline, on the subject of sociology. Some of the works are selected from general anthologies of sociology;[1][2][3][4][5] other works are selected because they are notable enough to be mentioned in a general history of sociology or one of its subdisciplines.[6]

Sociology studies society using various methods of empirical investigation to understand human social activity, from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and social structure.[7][8][9]


Cover of the French edition of the Division of Labor in Society by Emile Durkheim.
  • Comte, Auguste (2009) [1865]. Discours sur l'ensemble du positivisme [A General View of Positivism]. Translated by J. H. Bridges (Reprint ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-00064-2.
  • Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederick (1998) [1846]. The German Ideology. Including Theses on Feuerbach and introduction to The critique of political economy (1st ed.). Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1-57392-258-6.[10]
  • Marx, Karl (2007) [1867]. Das Kapital. Gardners Books. ISBN 978-1-934568-43-9.
  • Weber, Max (2002) [1904]. Die protestantische Ethik und der 'Geist' des Kapitalismus [The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism]. Translated by Peter Baehr; Gordon C. Wells. Penguin. ISBN Available online)[4][5][11]
Puts forward a thesis that Puritan ethic and ideas had influenced the development of capitalism. However religious devotion usually was accompanied by rejection of mundane affairs including economic pursuit. Why was that not the case with Protestantism? Weber addresses that paradox in that work.[citation needed]
A case study of suicide rates amongst Catholic, Protestant and Jewish populations, distinguished sociological analysis from psychology or philosophy. Also a major contribution to structural functionalism.[13]
  • — (2008) [1912]. Cladis, Mark S. (ed.). Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse [The elementary forms of religious life]. Translated by Carol Cosman (Reissue ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-954012-9.[5][12]
  • — (1982) [1919]. Les Règles de la Méthode Sociologique [The rules of sociological method] (in French). transl. by W. D. Halls with an introduction by Steven Lukes (1st American ed.). New York, N.Y.: Free Press. ISBN 978-0-02-907940-9.[12]