Sociology: Home


Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

At times, that can seem scary, ambiguous and intimidating; what have people explored in the context of sociology that can show diverse interests? (What's in it for me?)  -Were people there? Then sociologists may have been too!

For example: fun references in in the library database Sociological Abstracts

Radiohead (photo is from a 2017 Radiohead concert in Berkeley, CA)
Rose, P. A. (2011). Pragmatism not idealism: Radiohead, Technopoly, and the global movement for change. ProQuest, Ann Arbor MI. Retrieved from

Lil Wayne
Hart, M., Agnich, L. E., Stogner, J., & Miller, B. L. (2014). “Me and My Drank:” Exploring the Relationship Between Musical Preferences and Purple Drank Experimentation. American Journal of Criminal Justice : AJCJ; Louisville, 39(1), 172–186.

Black Lives Matter
Esposito, L., & Romano, V. (2016). Benevolent Racism and the Co-Optation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Western Journal of Black Studies; Pullman, 40(3), 161–173.

Bainbridge, J., & Norris, C. (2013). Posthuman Drag: Understanding Cosplay as Social Networking in a Material Culture. Intersections: Gender,  History & Culture in the Asian Context, (32). Retrieved from

YOU can be a part of this research and make your contributions!  Contact your librarian (cheeky photo on the right) and talk about what you're interested in knowing, solving, discovering.  We would love to help!


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Very short annotated bibliographies for use by scholars with an emphasis on understanding the contexts of events in the world around us.  No bibliography can be unbiased -ask your librarian how you can continue the research on what you're interested in!

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