Pool Side Social Sciences.
May 2, 2014 5:04 AM Subscribe
I'm leaving for a much deserved vacation. I will be spending a lot of time reading by the pool. I'm looking for good social science reads.
posted by Milau to Society & Culture (16 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to plan a few books that I could bring on my next vacation (this month). I used to be a huge fan of fiction but have found myself struggling to get into it lately. Instead, I seem to spend my time reading in either sociology, anthropology or history.
I'm looking for "empirical" reads, that is, books that are focused on lived experiences. I've read and enjoyed theoretical stuff (Bourdieu, Foucault, Rancière, Butler, etc), but am looking for social science books that focus on telling stories about people, how we live and how we organize our lives.
Some books I have read and loved recently:
Righteous Dopefiend (Bourgois and Schonberg)
Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
Marriage, a history: How love conquered marriage (Stephanie Coontz)
From Front porch to Back seat (Beth Bailey)
Punishing the poor (Loic Wacquant)
Some themes I think I would like exploring:
-Relationships and dating (as evidenced by the Coontz and Bailey examples)
-Addiction (does anyone know of a good ethnography of AA, for example?)
-Living the good life or living in poverty (experiencing the unequal distribution of ressources).