College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Harriet Hartman: Professor, Sociology









Sociology for "Scientific" Eyes
Introduction: Bibliography


A. General

Murray Melbin, 1987. Night as Frontier: Colonizing the World After Dark. New York: Free Press.

B. Methods

Ender, M. et al. 1998. The sociologist as rubbernecker: photographing the aftermath

of the red river valley flood of 1997. North Dakota Quarterly, 65 (4): 276-285.

Methods, Sociological Perspectives: Mender et al. clarify the difference between the journalistic and sociological perspective when studying an example of a social phenomenon, and they address why sociologists study what they do.

Heise,David R. 2000. “Thinking Sociologically With Mathematics”. Sociological Theory,

18: 498-504.

Kosko,Bart. 1993. Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic, Hyperion, New York.

Good example of why the dichotomy of “hard” and “soft” sciences is not really appropriate. See also the website

Ross, Andrew (ed.)1997. Science Wars. Duke University Press.

Addresses the controversy of science as “socially constructed” vs. science as “value-free truth.”

C. Theoretical Perspectives

1. General

Dunlap, Riley E. et. al. (ed).2002. Sociological Theory and the Environment: Classical Foundations,

Contemporary Insights. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

2. Functionalist/ social systems

Marvin Harris. 1978. Cows,Pigs, Wars and Witches: The Riddles of Culture. New York: Random House.

3. Symbolic Interactionism

Fara, P. 2003. Face values: how portraits win friends and influence people. Science, 299

(5608): 831-832. Online

The author explores how renown scientists such as Newton used portraits to construct their image and define the characteristics and behaviors of categories of scientists.


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