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