Dictionary of Sociology Companion Website
Here is a list of links to useful websites.
A very useful starting point if you are reviewing the literature in a particular area of sociology. Intute is a collection of online resources for all the disciplines of the social sciences, and by following the links you can find articles and papers, datasets, books, journals and organizations related to your area of interest. It is an archive and is no longer being updated.
British Sociological Association (BSA)
The BSA is the main professional association for sociologists in the UK, and aims to provide information and services for its members. It is worth visiting this site to acquire an understanding of the nature of sociology and how the discipline is different from others in the social sciences. The BSA organizes conferences and workshops to bring together sociologists throughout the world, and publishes two major journals which may be familiar to you. Students can join the BSA for a reduced rate and enjoy all the benefits of membership.
An entertaining introduction to contemporary social theory, written by David Gauntlett at the University of Leeds. A very accessible site showing the basics of some of the more innovative and unconventional theories.
SocioSite, University of Amsterdam
This site lists a number of sociologists and their main ideas, including excerpts from the original texts.
Social Theory Pages
A very helpful page of links to websites about the key thinkers, prepared by Jim Spickard at the University of Redlands. It includes links to resources on both classic and contemporary theory, as well as to some other major sites such as SocioSite.
UK Data Service
The UK Data Archive, housed at the University of Essex, contains a wider selection of quantitative data from social science research. You can browse the catalogue to find abstracts and methodological details of each study, and registered users can order a copy of the original data sets. There is also a bank of data from the major national surveys, including the British Crime Survey and the Social Attitudes Survey. The Service also includes the Qualidata archive that collects and disseminates qualitative data from a wide range of research projects. You can use the ‘Qualicat’ catalogue to search for data on a particular topic, or locate datasets from some of the classic studies in sociology.
Social Research Update
Another online store of articles about research methods, published and maintained by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. The articles are relatively short, and the website is easy to navigate. It contains accounts of new and less conventional methods, such as visual ethnography and Internet-based research, alongside a number of other substantive issues in methodology.
Here is a list of recommended web links, arranged alphabetically by the relevant dictionary entries.
A classic article by Jane Addams on the idea of the social settlement: ‘A Function of the Social Settlement’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 13, 1899, pp. 33-55 (Subscription).
Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund
A selection of extracts from works by Adorno on music and the culture industry.
ageing, sociology of
A portal site with links to numerous sites on aspects of ageing.
A United Nations site giving statistical and other information on HIV/AIDS.
Howard Becker’s own homepage – contains some recent papers and gives the chance to talk to him.
A site that gives a lengthy extract from the report itself.
body, sociology of
The journal Body and Society, the leading source for research in this area (subscription).
An online archive of Booth’s original data and notebooks covering the London survey.
The official site for the Cambridge scale of stratification.
An article on cultural influences in producing variant forms of capitalism, by Gordon Redding: ‘The thick description and comparison of societal systems of capitalism.’ (Subscription)
The official government site for the UK census.
The homepage for the US Census Bureau.
The British Sociological Association Study Group on Climate Change.
A website associated with the communitarian ideas of Etzioni.
A French site that covering all aspects of Comte’s work, including key texts (in French and English).
Reports official statistics on crime in the UK.
The US Department of Justice.
The United Nations site for its Population Division, containing data and policy proposals.
The disability Archive at Leeds University.
drugs, drug addiction
Release, a campaigning pressure group in the field of drug use.
The British Centre for Durkheimian Studies, University of Oxford. Further material on Durkheim can be found at http://durkheim.uchicago.edu/
European Electronic Newsletter on Economic Sociology (free online journal).
A gateway to official statistics on employment.
ethnicity, ethnic group
The archive of the leading UK research centre on race and ethnic relations, which closed in 2011, containing many useful links and resources.
exclusion, social exclusion
The Social Exclusion Task Force, formerly the Social Exclusion Unit, merged with the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in 2006. It was the UK government’s agency responding to deprivation and its reports, now archived, contain much useful data.
family, sociology of
The Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, at the University of Manchester.
feminism, feminist theory
The web site of the Women’s Library (formerly the Fawcett Library), a major archive and source of information of feminism and women’s history.
The Michel Foucault Archives, in several languages.
The website of the Freud Museum in London, with links to many useful resources.
Geddes, Sir Patrick
The Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust, Scotland, encompassing his life and work.
A source of materials and policy proposals organized by an interdisciplinary group of academics.
Giddens’ Reith lectures of 1999, including an interview and lectures on contemporary modernity.
A comprehensive bibliography of Goffman’s articles and books.
The Habermas Forum, including up-to-date information and links to resources.
Haraway, Donna Jean
Donna Haraway's own website.
health and illness, sociology of
The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL—a useful starting point for information.
The Department of Health web site with links to publications and statistics.
A BBC website with video links on New Guinea hunter-gatherers and the threat from the logging industry to their way of life.
A key paper by George Lichtheim: ‘The Concept of Ideology’ (subscription).
Official National Statistics website on income and wealth for UK.
US Census, with information on income distribution.
Website of the Mondragon cooperative in Spain.
The Macpherson report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence; a report that popularized the term ‘institutional racism’.
A review of research by Mark Mizruchi, in Annual Review of Sociology (subscription).
labelling, labelling theory
A classic paper by Thomas Scheff: ‘The Labelling Theory of Mental Illness’ (subscription).
The People’s History Museum, which incorporates an archive on labour history and links to other resources.
Laing, Ronald D.
Article on sociological aspects of Laing’s work, by Susie Scott and Charles Thorpe: ‘The sociological imagination of R.D. Laing’ (subscription).
law, sociology of
Web site of International Journal of Law, Crime, and Justice, the leading socio-legal studies publication (Subscription).
The Socio-Legal Studies Association.
The official website of George Ritzer.
BBC Radio interview on the life and work of Malinowski.
Includes extracts from essays by Martineau.
Marx and Engels Internet archive.
Mead, George Herbert
The full text of Mead’s paper on ‘The Social Self’.
The National Institute for Mental Health (US).
The National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification website.
A key site for resources on social network analysis.
new religions, new religious movements
The official site of INFORM, providing sociologically informed material on new religions.
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The Oral History Society, with links to resources.
ownership and control
A review of comparative studies of contemporary forms of ownership by John Scott: ‘Networks of Corporate Power: A Comparative Assessment’ (subscription).
The Institute for Social and Economic Research, responsible for the principal longitudinal and panel studies in Britain.
A critical discussion by Douglas Lee Eckberg and Lester Hill of the use of the idea in sociology: ‘The Paradigm Concept and Sociology: A Critical Review’ (subscription).
A review of recent reassessments of Parsons’ work by David Sciulli and Dean Gerstein: ‘Social Theory and Talcott Parsons in the 1980s’ (subscription).
The Child Poverty Action Group: a campaigning and publicity organization.
Michael Burawoy’s website.
A good site with information and resources.
Ethnic and Racial Studies: the leading journal in the field (subscription).
rational choice theory
The home page of Gary Becker.
The Centre for Critical Realism
religion, sociology of
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
The UK Data Archive, incorporating Qualidata, the major archive of data sets available for secondary analysis.
sex, sociology of
Links provided by the Sociology of Sexualities section of the ASA.
Smith, Dorothy Edith
Smith’s own biographical reflections can be found at:
The British Sociological Association
The European Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association
The International Sociological Association
The Third World Network: an information and pressure group providing news on trade and politics.
Utopia Britannica, dealing with British utopian communities.
Good accounts of this area can be found in Gillian Rose’s Visual Methodologies (2001) and a special issue of online journal Forum: Qualitative Social Research 9, 3 (2008):
The British Election Study, University of Essex.
The official guide to Weber’s collected works (in German and in English).
Extracts from Weber’s works can be found at
world-system, world-systems theory
The Institute for Research on World-Systems, managed at the University of California at Riverside.