Sociology Resources

Sociology Links

Here is a collection of links to information on the many fields in the study of sociology. This will help you find links to research papers, online textbooks, organizations, and history sites all devoted to the study of how people interact and/or perceive different features of their societies.  Check out our other resources on various topics of sociology as you continue reading through this page.

Culture

  • Sociology Guide – an overview of what culture means and how cultures develop.
  • Culture & Tradition – an online journal dedicated to providing information and resources for learning about the Canada’s culture and traditions.
  • The Globalization Website – summary and analysis of the world culture theory
  • Global Sociology Glossary – this glossary has definition of words and terms associated with the sociology of culture.
  • Culture and the Sociological Perspective – an online book examining how culture influences behavior and how sociologists choose cultural explanations of behavior over biological explanations.
  • A Culture Lesson Plan in Sociology – a lesson plan for students to learn and understand other cultures and different world views.
  • Sociology and Culture Picture Dictionary – a directory for finding information and pictures on all the terms associated with the sociology of culture.
  • What is Culture? – a complete and comprehensive overview of what culture is.
  • Culture Glossary – a glossary of terms and theories associated with what culture means.
  • The Center for Transcultural Studies – this organization is dedicated to promoting innovative thinking and action to improve understandings of other cultures.
  • Every Culture – an archive of articles on world cultures and multicultural America.
  • African Cultural Center – this website is a great place to learn all about African culture through African dance, music, food, and so many other aspects of its culture.
  • The Asian Cultural Council – this organization is dedicated to the equal exchange of cultural experiences between the United States and Asian countries.

Criminality, Deviance, Law and Punishment

Economic

Environment

Education

  • SEA - the Sociology of Education Association is a group of teachers and researchers from both fields of sociology and education who meet annually to discuss the issues that find themselves at the intersections of those two fields.
  • Sociology of Education Research Guide – a guide to handbooks, encyclopedias, articles and other information on research and news in sociology of education.
  • K-12 Academics – an definition of sociology of education, including a history and overview of the theoretical perspectives of that field of sociology.
  • Education and Culture – an online paper exploring the relationship between formal education and culture.
  • Sociology Blog – an overview of sociology of education.
  • What Education Means in Society – an overview of the many theories and popular perceptions of education in society.
  • Marxist Sociology and Education – an overview of what the education system would look like and how it would be perceived in a Marxist society.
  • Sociology of Distance Education – resources to journals and associations focused on research of sociology of education, specifically distance education.
  • Theory and Education – an online paper by Alan Saovnik, examining a wide range of different theories of the sociology of education.
  • Sociology and Education: Issues in Sociology of Education – an online book focusing on the issues of formal education and the theoretical foundations in sociology of education.
  • Education Theories – a collection of links to the many theories about education, critical thinking, and raising self esteem through education.
  • Learning Theory – the theory of learning explained.
  • U.S. Department of Education – find information on funding, policies, research and news about the current U.S. education system.

Family, Gender, and Sexuality

Health and Illness

  • Health Sociologist – a brief yet in depth overview of what a health sociologist is and what they do.
  • Health Affairs – a paper that explores the role of sociology in health issues.
  • ESHMS – the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology is an organization dedicated to providing the public with information and news on the developments and advancements in sociology of health research.
  • Socio Health – a resource list for finding articles, books, and organizations on and for sociology of health.
  • Sociology in Public Health – an article on the characteristics of a population-based approach to health.
  • The Sociology of Health – a comprehensive and complete overview of the sociology of health.
  • Sociology of Health and Illness Slideshow – a slide show that explores the different social structures around health and illness.
  • Sociology and Public Health – a paper based on surveys that aim to determining what usefulness different fields of sociology have on public health practice.
  • Health and Wealth – an article that examining the relationship between physical/mental health and monetary wealth.
  • Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness – this organization is dedicated to providing the public with access to journals, articles, and events that help to promote social scientific research in the sociology of health and illness.
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine Journals – a collection of sociology of health and medicine journals with descriptions.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - find latest news and information on research and advancements in health and wellness.
  • American Red Cross – one of the most acclaimed emergency response organizations in the world, dedicated to providing aid to those in life and health-threatening situations.
  • WHO – the World Health Organization provides information and resources to promote education and knowledge of health issues.

Science

  • Merton’s Sociology of Science – an article exploring the philosophy, history and sociology of science.
  • Science and Sociology of Science - this paper examines why defining science and sociology of science is controversial and complex.
  • The Sociology of Science – an online book that focuses on the theoretical and empirical investigations conducted in this field of study and how the understanding of the sociology of science has evolved.
  • The Sociology of Science for Non-Sociologists – a complete and easy to understand overview of the sociology of science, with illustrations.
  • Definition of Sociology – an overview of sociology as a science and the methodological foundations of sociology and the problem with “objectivity” in social sciences.
  • History of Science Society - this organization studies the history of science research and the social and cultural affects they have had on society.
  • Culturomics – a scientific approach to tracking cultures throughout history.

Military

Political

  • Political Sociological Theories – all of the theories of politics and government power are compiled here.
  • Political Sociology – an online book giving a complete and comprehensive overview of what political sociology is and the issues that often arise in this field of study.
  • Theoretical Models – this paper covers many of the theoretical models that have been developed and explored in political sociology.
  • European Political Sociology – this organization organizes conferences and workshops to promote better understandings of political sociology and why it’s important to research.
  • Political Sociology Paper – this paper examines the situation of the small population of the political elite of the Canary islands.
  • Committee on Political Sociology – this study group provides information and news on research conducted in the field of political sociology.
  • What is Political Sociology? – a comprehensive overview of political sociology and why it is important.
  • American Politics Journal – information and news on the history and evolution of American politics, as well as current issues.
  • Evolutionary World Politics – a resource for finding information on the history, evolution, democratization, and research in world politics.
  • Real Clear Politics - this website has news and information on the state of politics around the world, from all cultures and societies.

Race and Ethnic Relations

  • Race and Ethnic Relations Paper – this paper covers race and ethnic relations in a global context, and explores the sociological theories around prejudice, discrimination.
  • American and Global Perspectives – this book examines and compares both global and American perspectives on race and ethnic relations.
  • Limits of the Assimilation Perspective – this paper explores the arrival of Caribbean immigrants and how that particular situation is a great example of the issues of assimilation.
  • White Identity – this paper explores what white identity means and how that played into race relations in America in the 1990’s.
  • Race & Ethnicity - information and resources for learning about some of the most well-known racial and ethnic struggles throughout history.
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – an organization that provides information on immigrant and refugee issues and promotes racial and ethnic equality regardless of immigration status.
  • The History of Jim Crow – fine shows, articles, and literature here that all detail and examine the history of Jim Crow laws.
  • Racial and Ethnic Stratification – a resource list of different news sources and organizations dedicated to improving race and ethnic relations around the world.
  • Legal Information Institute - an overview of what civil rights are and the many laws that have been put in place throughout history to protect them.
  • European Center for Minority Issues - this center provides tons of information and resources for minorities to feel more empowered in their communities, and has information on opportunities these minorities should take advantage of for gaining citizenship and a better understanding of the countries and cultures they’re in.

Religion

  • ASR – the Association for the Sociology of Religion puts out a quarterly review of the research in the study of religion from a sociological perspective.
  • The Sociology of Religion – a brief and informative overview of what this field of study is.
  • Articles and Bibliographies – from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research here is a collection of online articles and bibliographies about sociology of religion.
  • Doing Good in American Communities – this research paper focuses on how congregations and service organizations have worked together to improve communities in America.
  • New World Encyclopedia – an overview of the history and relevance of sociology of religion.
  • Sociology of Religion – this online book focuses on the historical evolution of the sociology of religion and how religion and the study of religion is perceived today.
  • Social Organization: Beliefs and Rituals - from the Community Empowerment Collective this is a great resource for learning about the history of religion and how it has had an affect on many aspects of society.
  • Religions Ranked – a graph and data for ranking the world’s largest religions.
  • The World’s Largest Religion – an overview of Christianity, what it is and its history.
  • Virtual Religion Index – links to news and information on a wide range of religious topics from non-religious and religious organizations.
  • Religions and Religious Beliefs - links to information on the beliefs, histories, and practices of many of the world’s religions.

Urban and Rural

  • National Urban League - this organization information and news on what’s happening in urban communities, to empower those communities and improve them.
  • Rural-Urban Continuum - an overview of the sociology of urban and rural differences.
  • Rural Sociology – a complete and comprehensive look at rural sociology’s history and contemporary research.
  • Rural Research – from the Rural Sociology Group’s Weblog, these are all articles focused on current research and studies being conducted in the field of rural sociology and agriculture.
  • Rural Sociological Society - a website dedicated to promoting research and awareness of rural sociological issues and importance.
  • Urban Vs. Rural – a paper on the 10 most important aspects of urban and rural societies.
  • Urban and Rural Populations – a table constructed by the U.S. Census Bureau illustrates the growth in urban and rural states dating back to the late 1700s.
  • Urban and Rural Definitions – working definitions of what the U.S. Census Bureau classify as urban and rural areas.
  • Carsey Institute – this research paper explores how children in both rural and urban areas experience similar rates of low-income poverty.
  • Differences Between Rural and Urban Schools – this paper explores the difference between rural and urban schools by examining student characteristics and aspirations.

Work and Industry

  • The Sociology of Work – this book examines the sociology of work by taking information and research on the history and impact of industrial societies.
  • Sociological Futures and the Sociology of Work – a research paper that examines how sociology of work has evolved over history and gives a hypothesis for what it might look like in the future.
  • The American Occupational Therapy Association – this group is dedicate to promoting the research and studies that have concluded that work and industry are key to human-beings success on the planet.
  • Sociology, Work and Industry – this online book explores how work and employment are extremely important in societies and how research and studies in the sociology of work and industry have shaped the laws and perceptions of working today.