summer reading bleg

So, i haven’t posted here in seemingly forever (and it seems that each of my last few posts start off with a similar preamble), but I have a query, and figured why not send it out to the ole world wide web to see if i get any nibbles.

The following is a list of a chunk of the books i was aiming to (re-)read this summer  (those i brought with me on my first stint away from home anyway). You’ll likely notice a strong theme given my full(er) investment in an ongoing sociology of science project on the structuring of problem-based interdisciplinary fields (but there are a smattering of others that I’ve merely wanted to read and/or revisit for a while).

The request is simple – if there’s one (or even better, more) books on this list that you happen to be tackling this summer as well and you’d be up for throwing a few ideas back and forth via email/phone/skype/whatever, give me a shout.

  • Arum, Richard and Josipa Roksa. 2011. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. University of Chicago Press
  • Clawson et al. 2007. Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press
  • Crane, Diane. 1972. Invisible Colleges: Diffusion of Knowledge in Scientific Communities. University of Chicago Press
  • Gilbert, Nigel and Klaus Troitzsch. 2005. Simulation for the Social Scientist. Open University Press
  • Haack, Susan. 2007. Defending Science…within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism. Prometheus Books
  • Hargittai, Eszter. 2009. Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have. University of Michigan Press
  • Michelle Lamont. 2009. How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment. Harvard University Press
  • Kuhn, Thomas S. 1996 [1962]. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (3rd ed) University of Chicago Press
  • Merton, Robert K. 1979. The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations. University of Chicago Press
  • Popper, Karl. 2002 [1935]. The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Routledge Classics
  • Roberts, Samuel Kelton. 2009. Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease and the Health Effects of Segregation. University of North Carolina Press
  • Scott, John P. and Peter Carrington. 2011. The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis. Sage (likely only biting off a few sections of this one)
  • Stinchcombe, Arthur. 1987. Constructing Social Theories. University of Chicago Press
  • Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi. 2009. Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. Harvard University Press
  • Wagner, Caroline S. 2008. The New Invisible College: Science for Development. Brookings Institution Press

5 Responses to summer reading bleg

  1. dadakim says:

    I hadn’t heard of Infectious Fear, but so far looks interesting. I’ll aim for that and Off The Books.

  2. jimi adams says:

    Infectious Fear is by a friend of mine from Columbia. TB in early 1900’s US, with a particular focus on Baltimore.

  3. Michael Bishop says:

    I’d love to read more philosophy and sociology of science, but I shouldn’t right now. I’d be happy to chat with you about Academically Adrift though…

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