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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.

Faculty Spotlight

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