UC Berkeley Sociology

Berkeley’s Sociology Department is known around the world for its excellence in research and teaching. For the past six decades, we have consistently been ranked among the world’s top sociology departments, and in 2013 we were #1 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. We are proud to contribute to the world’s leading public university, to international sociology, and to the life of the mind beyond the academy. Our faculty teach and do research in most sociological specialties. Our PhDs are leaders in universities and research centers across the US and in many other countries. And our BAs populate the ranks of innumerable professions, bringing with them the skills and special perspective of Berkeley sociology.

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Special Interests:
Race and Ethnic Relations, American Welfare State, Immigration, Historical Sociology, and Political Sociology.

Fields of Protest
Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s
Prisons of Poverty
Pierre Bourdieu and Democratic Politics
Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism among the Black Poor
The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, 1870-1945
Century of Difference
A Theory of Fields
Punishing the Poor
The Transformation of Corporate Control
Civic Hopes and Political Realities
Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America
Pierre Bourdieu in the Field
Social Connections in China
Body & Soul
Laid-Off Workers in a Workers' State
Conversations with Bourdieu
Still Connected: Family and Friends in America Since 1970
Les Prisons de la Misère
Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society
Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys
Talk of Love
Urban Outcasts
The Architecture of Markets
Three Worlds of Relief
Making Hispanics
Elite and Everyman
The Outsourced Self
Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character
Handbook of Gender
The New Entrepreneurs of Europe and Asia: Patterns of Business Development in Russia, Eastern Europe, and China
Repensar os Estados Unidos
The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century
Simbiosi Mortale
Social Movements in India
State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle
Commodifying Bodies
An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology
Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement
Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement
Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism
Cracks in the Pavement: Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods
Becoming a Citizen
Das Janusgesicht des Ghetto
Cultures of Servitude