Sociology is defined as the study and classification of human societies, and if we think about this definition for a minute, we can see that this is perfect material for a CAT reading comprehension. If we look at CAT history, passages have appeared from the field of sociology. For example, a passage appeared from the book, ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ (a book on anthropology, a sub-set of sociology). Considering the complex nature of these sociology texts, it makes complete sense that you read a few books from this area.
Five Books that you can refer to:
1. Introduction to sociology by Anthony Giddens:
As the title suggests, this is the perfect text for you to explore the subject of sociology. This would provide you the basic information related to the subject. This book is the best choice for showing how sociology can illuminate the real-life issues.
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:
In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,000-Hour Rule", claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. The book is a wonderful combination of interesting case studies, examples and in fact does motivate you a little as well.
How societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared M. Diamond: This book is by an author who has won a Pulitzer award as well as featured in CAT RCs. In this book, the author reviews the causes of historical and pre-historical incidences of societal collapse particularly those involving significant influences from environmental changes, the effects of climate change, hostile neighbors, and trade partners and considers the responses, different societies have had to face such threats.
4. Fast food nation:
The dark side of an all American meal by Eric Schlosser: This is a book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. In a way, this book goes beyond your CAT preparation, and in fact exposes you to information you might have never ever thought about.
5. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell:
This is a book meant for those who love sociology. A mixture of sociology and anthropology, this irrefutable classic dissects commonalities in religious and folk narratives and characters from various eras and geographic locales.
Additional Texts: A few more sociology texts that you can go through are:
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam
- Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn
- The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
- The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo
- Guyland by Michael Kimmel
- Rules of the Sociological Method by Emile Durkheim
- The Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx
- The Lonely Crowd by Reuel Denney, Nathan Glazer and David Riesman
- The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills
- Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
- Stigma by Erving Goffman:
- The Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
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