The following books should be readily available at many public libraries or at a very reasonable price second hand. Some are general introductions; some explore a specific area of our social world. Some are very recent and some older, please dip in and explore. You should not aim to read all the books. They are intended to broaden your sociological horizons and get you ready to study sociology at university. Please don’t feel restricted by the list, do explore the titles nearby in a library and follow your interests. Be curious.
Abercrombie, N. (2004). Sociology: a short introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press
Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N., Thiel, D. & Turton, J. (2014). Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (3rd edition). London: Routledge.
Giddens, A. and Sutton, P. (2017). Sociology. 8th edition. Bristol: Polity. (Older editions are fine as well and cheap second hand)
Hayward, K., Maruna, S., & Mooney, J. (Eds.). (2010). Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology. London: Routledge. (An excellent text providing an account of key writers and thinkers that have had a profound influence within criminology).
Newburn, T. (2017). criminology (3rd edition). London: Routledge. (An outstanding book and core text for many criminology degrees).
Newburn, T. (Ed.). (2009). Key Readings in Criminology. Cullompton: Willan. (Excellent).
Williams, K.S. (2012). Textbook in Criminology (7th edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Thinking Allowed on Radio 4 – This is a weekly 30 minute sociology Podcast, which typically covers two pieces of research from two different Sociologists. Their archive is excellent.
Social Science bites – Excellent range of podcasts on topics such as violence, social class, migration, nationalism. Lots of discussions with the big thinkers of our time such as Ann Oakley, Stephen Pinker, Saskia Sassen, Danny Dorling and many more.
Surviving Society – A range of political podcasts grouped on soundcloud with academics, students and activists reflecting on the importance of anti-racist and public sociology.