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 2017 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

Claude S Fischer's picture
Special Interests:
Personal networks, social history, social psychology, urban, technology

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