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The following literature suggestions are intended to provide an insight into

a) the topic of comparative sociology
b) the research being conducted at the Institute of Sociology.

You do not have to acquire this literature in preparation for your studies.


Checkel, J.T. & Katzenstein, P.J. (2009): European Identity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Halman, L., & Arts, W. (eds.) (2013): Value Contrasts and Consensus in Present-Day Europe: Painting Europe’s Moral Landscapes. Amsterdam: Brill.

Breen, M.J. (2017): Values and Identities in Europe: Evidence from the European Social Survey. London: Routledge.

Eigmüller, M., Büttner, S., Worschech, S. (2022). Sociology of Europeanization. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Della Porta, Donatella & Diani, Mario (2020): Social Movements: An Introduction. 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell.

Lelieveldt, Herman & Sebastiaan Princen (2023): The Politics of the European Union. 3rd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Norris, Pippa & Ronald Ingelhart (2019): Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grusky, David B. (ed.) (2014): Social Stratification in Sociological Perspective: Class, Race, and Gender. 4th edition. New York: Westview.

Milanovic, Branko (2024): The three eras of global inequality, 1820–2020 with the focus on the past thirty years. World Development 177: 106516 

Liebig, Stefan, & Sauer, Carsten (2016): Sociology of justice. Pp. 37-59 in: C. Sabbagh, M. Schmitt (eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research, Springer



Büttner, Sebastian M., Monika Eigmüller & Susann Worschech (eds.) (2022): Sociology of Europeanization. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Deutschmann, Emanuel (2021): Mapping the Transnational World: How We Move and Communicate across Borders, and Why It Matters. Princeton University Press.

Haas, Hein de, Stephen Castles & Mark Miller J. (2020): The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World. New York and London: Guilford Press.Van Tubergen, Frank (2020). Introduction to Sociology: Culture, Structure, and Inequality. Routledge

Sociology of Emotions

Collins, R. (2004): Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton University Press

Hochschild, Arlie R. (2016): Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. New York: New Press.

Illouz, Eva (2007): Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism. London: Polity Press.

Heise, David R. (2007): Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments in Social Actions. New York: Springer.

Turner, Jonathan H. (2012): The Sociology of Emotions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Political Sociology

Borbáth, Endre, Swen Hutter & Arndt Leininger (eds.) (2023). Under Pressure: Polarisation and Participation in Western Europe, in: Special Issue of West European Politics, Jg. 46, Nr. 4.

Hutter, Swen & Kriese, Hanspeter (eds.) (2019): European Party Politics in Times of Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hutter, Swen (2014): Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe: New Cleavages in Left and Right Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Empirical Social Structure Analysis and Survey Methodology

Lupu, N. & Pontusson, J. (eds.) (2023) Unequal Democracies: Public Policy, Responsiveness, and Redistribution in an Era of Rising Economic Inequality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Best, H. & Wolf, C. (eds.) (2014): The SAGE Handbook of Regression Analysis and Causal Inference. Los Angeles Calif. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Smelser, N. J. & Swedberg, R. (2010): The Handbook of Economic Sociology, Second Edition, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Groves, R. M., Jr, F. J. F., Couper, M. P., Lepkowski, J. M., Singer, E. & Tourangeau, R. (2009): Survey Methodology. Hoboken: N.J, Wiley.