Sociology: Suggested Readings


Editor's Note: While the following texts are not necessarily written by sociologists, they represent readings of considerable importance to those involved in sociological study of nationalism.

Anderson, Benedict. 1983. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso Editions.

Armstrong, John A. 1982. Nations Before Nationalism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Barth, Fredrik (Ed.). 1969. Ethnic Groups and Boundaries. London: Allen and Unwin.

Barzel, Yoram. 2001. A Theory of the State. New York: Cambridge University Press

Bell, Daniel. 1947. "Nationalism or Class? -- Some Questions on the Potency of Political Symbols." Pp. 7 in The Student Zionist.

Brass, Paul R. 1991. Ethnicity and Nationalism. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Brubaker, Rogers. 1992. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Brubaker, Rogers. 1996. Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brubaker, Rogers, and David D. Laitin. 1998. "Ethnic and Nationalist Violence." Annual Review of Sociology 24:423-452.

Bunce, Valerie. 1999. Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Destruction of Socialism and the State. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chai, Sun-Ki. 1996. "A Theory of Ethnic Group Boundaries." Nations and Nationalism 2:281-307.

Diez-Medrano, Juan. 1995. Divided Nations: Class, Politics and Nationalism in the Basque Country and Catalonia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Fearon, James D. 1994. "Ethnic War as a Commitment Problem." in Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. New York.

Finer, Samuel E. 1975. "State- and Nation-Building in Europe: The Role of the Military." Pp. 84-163 in The Formation of National States in Western Europe, edited by Charles Tilly. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Fox, Richard G., Charlotte H. Aull, and Louis F. Cimino. 1981. "Ethnic Nationalism and the Welfare State." Pp. 198-245 in Ethnic Change, edited by Charles F. Keyes. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Gellner, Ernest. 1983. Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Hall, John A. 1993. "Nationalisms: Classified and Explained." Daedalus 122:1-28.

Hardin, Russell. 1995. One for All: The Logic of Group Conflict. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Hechter, Michael. 1978. "Group Formation and the Cultural Division of Labor." American Journal of Sociology 84:293-318.

Hechter, Michael. 1987. Principles of Group Solidarity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Hechter, Michael. 1999. Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Hechter, Michael. 2000. Containing Nationalism. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Hechter, Michael, and Dina Okamoto. 2001. "Political Consequences of Minority Group Formation." Annual Review of Political Science 4:189-215.

Hobsbawm, Eric J. 1992. Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Horowitz, Donald L. 1985. Ethnic Groups in Conflict. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Kuran, Timur. 1996. Private Truths and Public Lies. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Laitin, David D. 1998. Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Mann, Michael. 1993. The Sources of Social Power: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Marwell, Gerald , and Pamela Oliver. 1993. The Critical Mass in Collective Action: A Micro-Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Olzak, Susan. 1992. The Dynamics of Ethnic Competition and Conflict. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Posen, Barry R. 1993. "The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict." Survival 35:27-47.
Riker, William H. 1964. Federalism: Origin, Operation, Significance. Boston: Little-Brown.

Smith, Anthony D. 1998. Nationalism and Modernism : A Critical Survey of Recent Theories of Nations and Nationalism. London ; New York: Routledge.

Snyder, Jack L. 2000. From Voting to Violence : Democratization and Nationalist Conflict. New York ; London: Norton.

Sowell, Thomas. 1994. Race and Culture: A World View. New York: Basic Books.

Tajfel, Henri. 1981. Human Groups and Social Categories: Studies in Social Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tilly, Charles. 1990. Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990-1990. Cambridge, Massachusetts: B. Blackwell.

van den Berghe, Pierre L. 1981. The Ethnic Phenomenon. New York: Elsevier.

Wallerstein, Immanuel. 1974. The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century. New York: Academic Press.

- Michael Hechter
Professor of Sociology
University of Washington