In spring 2013 I’ll be taking my oral qualifying exams, which I need to pass in order to formally advance to PhD candidacy. The exams themselves are not a big deal, because your faculty advisors will not let you in to the conference room unless they know you’ll pass. The big deal is the sheer amount of preparation the exams require. Chalk these up as another reason why American PhDs take so long.
The rationale behind these exams is that you should be able to teach a complete undergraduate sociology class in each of three fields by the time you sit them. Everybody at Berkeley is required to take an exam in sociological theory, which is my NIGHTMARE. I am not a theory person. I am A Policy Person. The other two substantive areas are up to the student to decide. I chose stratification and political sociology, the latter with an emphasis on urban sociology. What follows is my reading list for political sociology. I have not yet drawn up the theory one because, like I said, NIGHTMARE. The stratification list needs a few additions. Anyway, here are approximately one-third of the books and journal articles I’ll be going through between now and April. I’ve already read some of them, but…well, I think I’m going to completely burn out what is left of my eyesight. And my bank balance. My poor, poor bank balance. If any of you reading this have been through the process before and you think there are any glaring omissions, please tell me. (Obviously, I can’t cover everything in depth because I would like to finish this PhD before I’m 50.) Otherwise, if you need me, I’ll be trawling the used offerings on Amazon and listening to John Head doing Shack’s “Cornish Town” solo over and over. The latter is waiting for you at the end of the list.
JULIA’S BIG POLITICAL/URBAN SOCIOLOGY READING LIST, VERSION 1.0. SUBJECT TO ADDITIONS.
Marx (1978) . “The German Ideology,” in The Marx-Engels Reader, Second Edition. New York: W.W. Norton.
Bourdieu. (1994) “Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field,” Sociological Theory 12:1-18.
Foucault. (1991) “Governmentality,” in The Foucault Effect. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Gramsci. (1971) “State and Civil Society,” in Selections from the Prison Notebooks.
Lukes. (2005)  Power: A Radical View. New York: MacMillan.
Weber, Max. 1958 . “Politics as a Vocation” “Bureaucracy,” and “Class, Status, and Power,” in From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.
Bendix. (1969) Nation Building and Citizenship. New York: Anchor Books.
Poggi. (1978) The Development of the Modern State: A Sociological Introduction. Stanford: Stanford University Press
Skocpol. (1979) States and Revolutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Tilly. (1992) Coercion, Capital, and European States. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.
Brady, Kiser and Beckfield. (2005) “Economic Globalization and the Welfare State in Affluent
Democracies, 1970-2000.” American Sociological Review 70: 921-948.
Esping-Andersen. (1990) The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Huber and Stephens. (2001) The Development and Crisis of the Welfare State: Parties and Policies in Global Markets. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Korpi and Palme. (1998) “The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality: Welfare State Institutions, Inequality, and Poverty in the Western Countries,” American Sociological Review 63: 661-87.
Marshall. (1963) “Citizenship and Social Class,” in Class, Citizenship, and Social Development. New York: Doubleday.
Pierson. (1995) Dismantling the Welfare State? Reagan, Thatcher, and the Politics of Retrenchment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Piven and Cloward. (1972) Regulating the Poor. New York: Random House
Quadagno. (1987) “Theories of the Welfare State.” Annual Review of Sociology 13.
Steensland. (2006) “Cultural Categories and the American Welfare State: The Case of Guaranteed
Income Policy.” American Journal of Sociology 111: 1273-1326.
Weir, Orloff, and Skocpol. (1998) The Politics of Social Policy in the United States. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Campbell. (2004) Institutional Change and Globalization. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Dobbin. (1994) Forging Industrial Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Domhoff. (1996) State Autonomy or Class Dominance: Case Studies on Policy Making in America. Piscataway: Aldine Transaction.
Hall. (1993) “Policy Paradigms, Social Learning, and the State: The Case of Economic Policymaking in Britain,” Comparative Politics, 25(3):275-296.
Sewell, Jr. (1992). “A Theory of Structure: Duality, Agency, and Transformation,” American Journal of Sociology, 98(1): 1-29.
Weir. (1992) “Ideas and the Politics of Bounded Innovation,” in Structuring Politics; Steinmo, Thelen, and Longstreth (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .
Weir and Skocpol. (1985) “State Structures and the Possibilities for ‘Keynesian’ Responses to the
Great Depression in Sweden, Britain, and the United States,” in Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
The Governing Process
Bartels. (2008) Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Dahl. (1961) Who Governs? New Haven: Yale University Press (selections)
de Tocqueville. (1969 ed.) Democracy in America. New York: Harper Perennial. (selections)
Mills. (1992 ed) “The Power Elite,” in Social Stratification : Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, D. B. Grusky, ed., New York: Westville Press.
Schumpeter. (1962) Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, New York: Perennial. (selections)
Urban Sociology: Formation, Positioning, and Globalization
Hamnett. Unequal City: London in the Global Arena
Hannerz. Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology
Logan and Molotch. (1987) Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Sassen. Cities in a World Economy
Sassen. Global City: New York, London, Tokyo.
Wirth. (1938) “Urbanism as a Way of Life.” American Journal of Sociology 44:1-24.
Park and Burgess. (1967) The City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Urban Sociology: Crisis and Social Problems
Gamm. (1991) Urban Exodus. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Harvey. (1973) Social Justice and the City. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Harvey. (1978) “The Urban Process under Capitalism: A Framework For Analysis.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2:101-131.
Massey and Denton. (1993) American Apartheid. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Sampson. (2012) Great American City.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
South and Crowder. (1997) “Escaping Distressed Neighborhoods: Individual, Community, and
Metropolitan Influences.” American Journal of Sociology 102:1040-84.
Squires and Kubrin. (2005) “Privileged Places: Race, Uneven Development, and the Geography of Opportunity in Urban America.” Urban Studies 42:47-68.
Sugrue. (1998) The Origins of the Urban Crisis. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Tach. (2009) “More than Bricks and Mortar: Neighborhood Frames, Social Processes, and the Mixed-Income Redevelopment of a Public Housing Project.” City and Community 8(3):269-299.
Teaford. (1986) The Twentieth-Century American City. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Wilson. (1990) The Truly Disadvantaged. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Wilson. (1997) When Work Disappears. New York: Vintage.
Urban Sociology: Community and Spatial Outcomes
Briggs. (2010) Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brooks-Gunn et al. (1993) “Do Neighborhoods Influence Child and Adolescent Development?”
American Journal of Sociology 99: 353-95.
Gans. (1965) The Urban Villagers. New York: The Free Press.
Morenoff and Sampson. (1997) “Violent Crime and the Spatial Dynamics of Neighborhood Transition: Chicago, 1970-1990.” Social Forces 76:31-64.
Sampson and Raudenbush. (1999 ) “Systematic Social Observation of Public Spaces: A New Look at
Disorder in Urban Neighborhoods” American Journal of Sociology 105, 3:603-651.
Swaroop and Morenoff. (2006) “Building Community: The Neighborhood Context of Social Organization.” Social Forces 84:1665-1695.
Power and Houghton. (2007) Jigsaw Cities. Bristol: The Policy Press.
Ravetz. (2001) Council Housing and Culture: The History of a Social Experiment. London: Routledge.
“Close your eyes and come and cross my street, and I will take you there if you will come with me.” That’s a great line, everyone. That. Is. A. Line.