Best Reference Books – Sociology

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Sociology subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Sociology along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Sociology subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Sociology" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Essential Sociology – For Civil Services Main Examination” by Seema and Nitin Sangwan

“Essential Sociology – For Civil Services Main Examination” Book Review: This book is designed for the aspirants of Civil Services Examination. It will also be useful in the preparation of NET/JRF. This book covers the syllabus of Sociology optional, as prescribed by UPSC. The entire text has been divided into two parts: Part I and Part II. Part I deals with the topics mentioned in Paper I of the UPSC Civil Services Main syllabus of Sociology optional and it covers evolution of Sociology as a discipline, Sociological thinkers, kinship and social movements among others. Part II deals with the topics mentioned in Paper II of the syllabus and it covers topics like perspectives in Indian Sociology, Colonial impact, Indian social structure, tribal issues, among others. Every chapter ends with a detailed question bank based on the latest pattern of the Civil Services Examination.

2. “Sociology: Principles of Sociology with an Introduction to Social Thoughts” by Rao C N Shankar

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“Sociology: Principles of Sociology with an Introduction to Social Thoughts” Book Review: This book describes fundamental concepts of Sociology as well as provide an introduction to the diverse aspects of Sociology. Students will be introduced to the origins of Sociology as a discipline. They would get to explore relevant topics such as inequality, institutions, control, change, disorganisation and problems in the society. Topics such as applied sociology and sociological thought have also been discussed to give a complete overview of the subject. This textbook is designed for the undergraduate students of Sociology and Law courses. It is also a useful reference for postgraduate students and aspirants appearing for various competitive examinations.

3. “Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (College and University Level T)” by Haralambos M and Heald R M

“Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (College and University Level T)” Book Review: This book covers the substantive areas in terms of the major theoretical perspective within sociology. Each chapter closes with a section on the ideological basis of the views expressed. The final chapter covers methodology and sociological theory. The focus on theory is balanced by detailed consideration of empirical studies which provides the reader with considerable studies and evidence on which to base the judgements. The book is a systematic introduction to sociology suitable for undergraduate education.

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4. “Sociology” by Anthony Giddens

“Sociology” Book Review: This book is a guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead. The book is revised and updated throughout and contains latest developments and concepts in the field. The readers are provided with an engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. The book provides a commanding overview of recent global developments and new ideas in sociology. Classic debates are also given full coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in an engaging way. The pictures included in the book give an idea how sociology works in the real world. The book is useful for anyone interested in learning new concepts in sociology.

5. “Sociology of Indian Society” by Rao C N Shankar

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“Sociology of Indian Society” Book Review: This book describes fundamental concepts of Sociology as well as provides an introduction to the diverse aspects of Sociology. Students will be introduced to the origins of Sociology as a discipline. They would get to explore relevant topics such as inequality, institutions, control, change, disorganisation and problems in the society. Topics such as applied sociology and sociological thought have also been discussed to give a complete overview of the subject. This textbook is designed for the undergraduate students of Sociology and Law courses. It is also a useful reference for postgraduate students and aspirants appearing for various competitive examinations.

6. “Dictionary of Sociology” by RPH Editorial Board

“Dictionary of Sociology” Book Review: This book contains more than 2,500 entries on the terminology, methods, concepts and thinkers in the field, as well as from the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy and political science. It covers all aspects of sociology, from abolitionism to zeitgeist and includes in-depth entries on key topics including the sociology of migration, politics and religion. The book also includes terms taken from a wide range of related fields, such as psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy and political science. The book includes new entries on global and multi-cultural topics such as climate change, social media, terrorism and intersectionality. The book is useful for beginners and an essential source of reference for more advanced students and teachers.

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7. “Sociology” by Paul Horton

“Sociology” Book Review: This book is a guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead. The book is revised and updated throughout and contains latest developments and concepts in the field. The readers are provided with an engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. The book provides a commanding overview of recent global developments and new ideas in sociology. Classic debates are also given full coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in an engaging way. The pictures included in the book give an idea how sociology works in the real world. The book is useful for anyone interested in learning new concepts in sociology.

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