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:
Inequality, Incarceration, Historical Sociology

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