ask a scatterbrain: recent theory books

All right folks, it’s spring break which means it’s also time for me to think about what books to order for fall. On the docket this time around: a revamped introduction to sociology and graduate theory. For graduate theory, I’m looking for recommendations for recent (last 2-3 years) important theory books linked to current practice in sociology.  In past years I’ve taught Collins’ Interaction Ritual Chains; Latour’s Reassembling the Social; Jaspers’ Getting Your Way. I’m considering Collins again, maybe Elster, maybe Hedstrom, maybe Swedberg’s edited book on economic sociology and STS. Thoughts, opinions, ideas, all welcome!


Author: andrewperrin

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

4 thoughts on “ask a scatterbrain: recent theory books”

  1. “What is a Person” by Christian Smith (2010, Oxford) is an important contribution to social theory. It takes up a fundamental issue that is oddly rarely talked about in sociology.


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