American Studies And Sociology For History Students Bibliography

History is a very interdisciplinary subject. The historian draws upon Philosophy, Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology, Literary Theory and Criticism, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Art Criticism, Environmental sciences, and many other disciplines. In return these disciplines depend on history for much of the information they use in their studies. Individuals should consider The Journal of Interdisciplinary History published by MIT Press for a sample of how other disciplines interact with the historian.

The intersection between Sociology and History is broad and deep. The connection is a very common one encountered by individuals interested in history. Most historical analysis utilizes methods from sociology to one degree or another and it is important for history students to be able to recognize the tools and methods of sociology in order to understand what others have written about history and begin to do their own analysis and synthesis.

Sociology has its deepest and most obvious connections with social and cultural history. But almost all forms for history benefit from a knowledge of sociology, outside of certain types of microhistory such as the details of a particular battle.

Below are some books that will help you get started in understanding Sociology as a discipline and the methods and tools Sociologists use.

Items listed in Bold are highly recommended

GENERAL BOOKS RELATED TO SOCIAL THEORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY THAT ARE USEFUL TO HISTORY STUDENTS

  1. Sociology: A Very Short Introduction by Steve Bruce
  2. Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Eric Bronner
  3. Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction by Catherine Belsey
  4. Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Butler
  5. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler
  6. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  7. The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills
  8. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
  9. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
  10. Critical Theory by Stephen Eric Bronner
  11. Sociology by Steve Bruce
  12. Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life by David M. Newman
  13. Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation by Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest
  14. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective by Philip McMichael
  15. Archaeology of Knowledge by Michel Foucault
  16. The Savage Mind by Claude Lévi-Strauss
  17. The Raw and the Cooked by Claude Levi-Strauss
  18. The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset
  19. How to Observe Morals and Manners by Harriet Martineau
  20. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Emile Durkheim
  21. The Division of Labor in Society by Emile Durkheim
  22. How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism by Eric Hobsbawm
  23. The Sociology of Spatial Inequality by Linda M. Lobao (Editor), Gregory Hooks (Editor), Ann R. Tickamyer (Editor)
  24. Emile Durkheim: Sociologist of Modernity by Mustafa Emirbayer (Editor)
  25. Max Weber: A Biography by Joachim Radkau
  26. Max Weber in America by Lawrence A. Scaff
  27. American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
  28. The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard by Mark Skousen
  29. Queer Theory: An Introduction by Annamarie Jagose
  30. The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills
  31. A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory by Nikki Sullivan
  32. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others by Sara Ahmed
  33. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
  34. The History of Sexuality (3 volumes) by Michel Foucault
  35. Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race by Ellen Samuels
  36. Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam
  37. Marxism and History by Matt Perry
  38. The Sociology of Gender: A Brief Introduction by Laura Kramer and Ann Beutel
  39. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel
  40. Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change by Joseph F. Healey
  41. The Sociologically Examined Life: Pieces of the Conversation by Michael Schwalbe
  42. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  43. Religion in Society: A Sociology of Religion by Ronald L. Johnstone
  44. Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion In Our World by Michael O. Emerson, William A. Mirola and Susanne C. Monahan
  45. Religion in Sociological Perspective by Keith A. Roberts and David A. Yamane
  46. Key Thinkers in the Sociology of Religion by Richard K. Fenn
  47. Experience And Education by John Dewey
  48. Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism by Derrick Bell
  49. Political Paranoia: The Psychopolitics of Hatred by Robert S. Robins and Dr. Jerrold Post M.D.
  50. Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior by Jerrold M. Post and Alexander George
  51. Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View by Stanley Milgram

GENERAL BOOKS ON AMERICAN STUDIES

  1. American Studies: An Anthology by Janice A. Radway and Kevin Gaines
  2. Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline by Lucy Maddox (Editor)
  3. The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History by Lawrence W. Levine
  4. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
  5. The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction by Jan Harold Brunvand
  6. Living Folklore: Introduction to the Study of People and their Traditions by Martha Sims and Martine Stephens
  7. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture by Neil Campbell and Alasdair Kean
  8. American Studies in a Moment of Danger by George Lipsitz
  9. A New Introduction to American Studies by Howard Temperley and Christopher Bigsby
  10. Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell Their Stories from Jamestown to Today by Various
  11. Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction 1945-1970 by Morris Dickstein
  12. The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law & Culture by Morris Dickstein, Stanley Fish (Editor)
  13. American Art: A Cultural History by David Bjelajac and King Pu Laurence
  14. Framing America: A Social History of American Art by Frances K. Pohl
  15. A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein

AMERICAN URBAN, RURAL AND SUBURBAN SOCIOLOGY

  1. When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor by William Julius Wilson
  2. History of the Amish: Revised And Updated by Steven M. Nolt
  3. Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 by Thomas W. Hanchett
  4. Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon by Anthony Harkins 
  5. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William Julius Wilson
  6. Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality by Patrick Sharkey
  7. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson
  8. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue
  9. The Urban World by J. John Palen
  10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  11. Those who Stayed Behind: Rural Society in Nineteenth-Century New England by Hal S. Barron
  12. A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 by Mary Babson Fuhrer
  13. City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United States by Ira Katznelson
  14. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  15. Rise of the Planter Class in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1760-1808 by Rachel N. Klein
  16. Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960 by Gary Gerstle
  17. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
  18. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson
  19. Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum by William Foote Whyte
  20. Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America by Cynthia M. Duncan
  21. Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America by Jennifer Sherman
  22. Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America by Cynthia M. Duncan and Robert Coles
  23. The New Rural Poverty: Agriculture and Immigration in California by Philip Martin and Michael Fix
  24. Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America by Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas
  25. Born in the Country: A History of Rural America by David B. Danbom
  26. Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside, 1904-?1920 by Dr. Jim Bissett
  27. Socialist Cities: Municipal Politics and the Grass Roots of American Socialism by Richard W. Judd
  28. City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports by Steven A. Riess
  29. Our Daily Bread: Wages, Workers, and the Political Economy of the American West by Geoff Mann
  30. Confronting Suburban Poverty in America by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube
  31. The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh Gallagher
  32. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right: The Origins of the New American Right by Lisa McGirr
  33. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South by Matthew D. Lassiter
  34. When America Became Suburban by Robert A. Beauregard
  35. The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism by Adam Rome
  36. You’re Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America by Louise A. Blum
  37. Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America by Colin R. Johnson
  38. Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest by Will Fellows (Editor)
  39. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey
  40. The Rural Economy of New England: A Regional Study by John Donald. Black
  41. Impatient Armies of the Poor: The Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed, 1808-1942 by Franklin Folsom
  42. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History by Dolores Hayden
  43. The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City by Cathy Stanton
  44. The Racketeer’s Progress: Chicago and the Struggle for the Modern American Economy, 1900-1940 by Andrew Wender Cohen
  45. Subduing Satan: Religion, Recreation, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 by Ted Ownby

AMERICAN RACE AND ETHNICITY SOCIOLOGY

  1. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life by Roger Daniels
  2. The Rise and Fall of the White Republic: Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth Century America by Alexander Saxton
  3. Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism by Derrick Bell
  4. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  5. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. Racial Formation in the United States by Michael Omi and Howard Winant
  8. Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit by Karen R. Miller
  9. Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura E. Gómez
  10. Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Treviño Hart
  11. Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965 by Jason Morgan Ward
  12. The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro
  13. The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions by William Julius Wilson
  14. Creating Black Americans: African American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present by Nell Irvin Painter
  15. Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low by C. Riley Snorton
  16. Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights by Robin Bernstein
  17. Standing on Common Ground by Geraldo L. Cadava
  18. Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing by Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.
  19. Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia by Daina Berry
  20. The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness by Veronica T. Watson
  21. Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White by David R. Roediger
  22. How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin
  23. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 by George J. Sanchez
  24. Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  25. Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Michael K. Brown,k Martin Carnoy,k Elliott Currie,k Troy Duster,k David B. Oppenheimer
  26. Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi Mexican Americans by Karen Leonard
  27. Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, And The Black Working Class by Robin Kelley
  28. Race and Ethnicity in the United States by Richard T. Schaefer
  29. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  30. Gender and Jim Crow by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
  31. Remaking Respectability: African American Women in Interwar Detroit by Victoria W. Wolcott
  32. Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity by Charles A. Gallagher
  33. Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen
  34. American Ethnicity: The Dynamics and Consequences of Discrimination by Aguirre Adalberto, Jr and Jonathan H. Turner
  35. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  36. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois
  37. The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois
  38. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  39. The Chinese Laundryman: A Study of Social Isolation by Paul Siu and John Kuo Wei Tchen
  40. Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain by John Jung
  41. Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers by John Jung
  42. Lotus among the Magnolias: The Mississippi Chinese by Robert Seto Quan
  43. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau
  44. Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race by Wendy Roth
  45. Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream by Christina M. Greer
  46. Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: Ethnicity, Exception, or Exit by Reuel R. Rogers
  47. Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City by Claire Jean Kim
  48. Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996 by Carina Hoang (Editor)
  49. Voices of Vietnamese Boat People: Nineteen Narratives of Escape and Survival by Mary Terrell Cargill (Editor), Jade Quang Huynh (Editor)
  50. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia
  51. Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing by Ranjini Srikanth (Editor)
  52. Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora by Andrew Lam
  53. Native American Voices by Susan Lobo and Steve Talbot
  54. The American Jewish Experience by Jonathan D. Sarna (Editor)
  55. Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles by Joao H. Costa Vargas
  56. Aztlán Arizona: Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968-1978 by Darius V. Echeverría
  57. Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration by Luz María Gordillo
  58. Culture of Empire: American Writers, Mexico, and Mexican Immigrants, 1880-1930 by Gilbert G. González
  59. Black Unionism in the Industrial South by Ernest Obadele-Starks
  60. The Color of Work: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Southern Paper Industry, 1945-1980 by Timothy J. Minchin
  61. Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South by Robert R. Korstad

AMERICAN GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES

  1. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America by John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman
  2. Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America by Thomas A. Foster (Editor)
  3. Major Problems in the History of American Sexuality: Documents and Essays by Kathy Peiss (Editor)
  4. Attitudes Toward Sex in Antebellum America: A Brief History with Documents by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
  5. Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology by Brett Beemyn (Editor), Michele Eliason (Editor)
  6. In a Queer Time and Place by Judith Halberstam
  7. Subduing Satan: Religion, Recreation, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 by Ted Ownby
  8. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
  9. You’re Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America by Louise A. Blum
  10. Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America by Colin R. Johnson
  11. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey
  12. Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit by Marlon M. Bailey
  13. Queer Cowboys: And Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Chris Packard
  14. Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest by Will Fellows (Editor)
  15. Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings by Miriam Schneir
  16. Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia by Daina Berry
  17. Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present by Miriam Schneir
  18. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860 by Christine Stansell
  19. Women In American Society: An Introduction to Women’s Studies by Virginia Sapiro
  20. Remaking Respectability: African American Women in Interwar Detroit by Victoria W. Wolcott
  21. The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South by Catherine Clinton
  22. The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s by Liz Conor
  23. Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960 by Joanne Meyerowitz
  24. Shaping Our Mothers’ World: American Women’s Magazines by Nancy A. Walker
  25. Gender and Jim Crow by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
  26. The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media by Carolyn Kitch
  27. Flappers and the New American Woman: Perceptions of Women from 1918 Through the 1920s by Catherine Gourley
  28. Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christina B. Hanhardt
  29. Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream by Helen Smith
  30. The Myth of Male Power by Dr. Warren Farrell
  31. Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality by Rudolph P. Byrd (Editor), Beverly Guy Sheftall (Editor)
  32. Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Martín Alcoff
  33. Taking It Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture by David Savran
  34. Manhood in America: A Cultural History by Michael Kimmel
  35. Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940 by Charlotte Nekola (Editor), Paula Rabinowitz (Editor)
  36. Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration by Luz María Gordillo

AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

  1. Aztlán Arizona: Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968-1978 by Darius V. Echeverría
  2. Mexicans and Hispanos in Colorado Schools and Communities, 1920-1960 by Ruben Donato
  3. Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution by Julio Cammarota (Editor), Augustine Romero (Editor)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOIUS STUDIES

  1. The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America by Sarah Barringer Gordon
  2. The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment: 1690–1805 by Thomas Ahnert
  3. Religion in American Life: A Short History by Jon Butler, Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer
  4. The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl Givens and Fiona Givens
  5. Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
  6. The American Religion by Harold Bloom
  7. The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
  8. Religion and Politics in the United States by Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown
  9. American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell
  10. The American Jewish Experience by Jonathan D. Sarna (Editor)
  11. Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America by Colleen McDannell
  12. Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music by Michael J. Gilmour (Editor)
  13. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
  14. The Quakers in America by Thomas D. Hamm
  15. History of the Amish: Revised And Updated by Steven M. Nolt
  16. Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross: Catholic-Protestant Relations in the Old South by Andrew Henry Stern

AMERICAN LANGUAGES, VOCABULARIES AND SYMBOLS

  • Under Construction

AMERICAN ART AND MUSIC

  • The New Negro : Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke (Editor)
  • The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents by Jeffrey B. Ferguson
  • American Art: A Cultural History by David Bjelajac and King Pu Laurence
  • Framing America: A Social History of American Art by Frances K. Pohl

AMERICAN CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

  • Under Construction

JOURNALS OF INTEREST OF AMERICAN STUDIES, HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY