Max Weber

Good Reading began publication in 1947 and in 1990 issued the 23rd edition of the work. The purpose of Good Reading: is "to lead an increasing number of people to savor the great or significant books, both those that strive to light the dark places in our understanding of our complex world and our equally complex selves, and those that aim simply to delight." The following list of books in sociology is from Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers (23rd ed., 1990.) and was compiled by William Ray Arney.


Saul D. Alinsky Rules for Radicals.  1971
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex.  1953
Ernst Becker The Structure of Evil:  An Essay on the Unification of the Sciences of Man.  1968
Robert N. Bellah, 
et al
Habits of the Heart:  Individulism and Commitment in American Life.  1985
Peter Berger
Thomas Luckman
The Social Construction of Reality:  A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge.  1966
Samuel Bowles
Herbert Gintis
Schooling in Capitalist America:  Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life.  1976
Harry Braverman Labor and Monopoly Capital:  The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century.  1975
Noam Chomsky Reflections on Language.  1987
William Connolly Politics and Ambiguity.  1987
Mary Daly Gyn/Ecology:  The Metaethics of Radical Feminism.  1978
Emile Durkeim Suicide.  Trans. 1951
Emile Durkeim The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life.  Trans. 1951
Barbara Ehrenreich
Deirdre English
For Her Own Good:  150 Years of Experts' Advice to Women.  1978
Kai T. Erikson Everything in Its Path:  Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood.  1976
Shulamith Firestone The Dialectic of Sex:  The Case for Feminist Revolution.  1970
Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish:  The Birth of the Prison.  1979
Michel Foucault Herculine Barbin:  Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite.  1980
Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  1971
Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique.  2nd Ed.  1974
Fred M. Frohock Special Care: Medical Decisions and the Beginning of Life. 1986
Clifford Geertz The Interpretation of Cultures.  1973
Erving Goffman The Preservation of Self in Everyday Life.  1958
Douglas Harper Good Company.  1982
Michael Harrington The Other America.  1964
George Homans Social Behavior:  Its Elementary forms.  Rev Ed.  1974 
Ivan Illich Gender.  1982
Ivan Illich
Barry Sanders
ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind.  1988
James Jones Bad Blood:  The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.  1981
Julia Kristeva Powers of Horror:  An Essay on Abjection.  1982
Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  2nd Ed.  1970
Paul F. Larzarsfeld Qualitative Analysis:  Historical and Critical Essays.  1971
Charles Lemert French Sociology:  Rupture and Renewal Since 1968.  1981
Janet Malcolm Psychoanalysis:  The Impossible Profession.  1981
Michael Mann The Sources of Social Power.  1986
Herbert Marcuse Eros and Civilization:  A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud.  1966
George Herbert Mead Mind, Self, and Society, From the Standpoint of a Social Behavorist.  1934
Donnella Meadows,
et al
The Limits to Growth:  A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind.  2nd Ed.  1974 
Robert Merton Social Theory and Social Structure.  Enl. Ed.  1968
Stanley Milgram Obedience to Authority:  An Experimental View.  1974
Kate Millett Sexual Politics.  1970
C. Wright Mills The Power Elite.  1956
S. Wright Mills The Sociological Imagination.  1959
A.G. Mojtabai Blessed Assurance:  At Home With the Bomb in Amarillo,
Texas.  1986
Talcott Parsons The System of Modern Societies.  1971
David Riesman The Lonely Crowd.  1950
Francois Roustang Dire Mastery:  Discipline From Freud to Lacan.  1982
Theda Skocpol States and Social Revolution:  A Comparative Study of France, Russia, and China.  1979
Paul Starr The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession & the Making of a Vast Industry. 1982
Max Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.  1930
Edward O. Wilson Sociobiology:  The New Synthesis.  1975
William J. Wilson The Declining Significance of Race:  Blacks and Changing American Institutions.  1978