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