Purpose of Collection: The Sociology collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Sociology is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of arts & social sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Anthropology, Political Science, African Studies, Digital Humanities, Latin and Caribbean Studies, and Global and International Studies.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guide for Sociology.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

Theory and Methodology

  • Foundations of Social Research
  • Social Research Design (Historical, Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methodologies), Data Collection, and Analysis
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory

Stratification and Power

  • Occupations, Organizations and the Labour Process
  • Class Analysis and Social Stratification
  • Social Justice
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Gender Relations (gender, feminist, men’s, and women’s studies)
  • Child and Youth Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Canadian Society
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Globalization and Citizenship Studies
  • Governance, Regulation, and Law
  • Collective Action and Social Movements

Cultural Studies

  • Communication and Popular Cultures
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social and Virtual Spaces

Applied Social Research

  • Addictions
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Health and Illness Policy
  • Population Studies
  • Sociology of Language
  • Built Environments
  • Education Policy

Additional Areas

  • The Body and Sexualities
  • Medical Sociology
  • Culture of Food
  • Family Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Deviance
  • Media Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Comprehensive Canadian; national-level American and British in areas of program emphasis and their sub-fields; selected works from other countries in areas and sub-areas of program interest.


English comprehensive coverage; significant French titles, particularly Canadian; selected primary source and key works in the original language, such as German, as well as translations of these works

Types of material

Books, journals, reprints, collections, dissertations/theses, selected translations, documentary films, maps, and government documents; in print, online and microform formats


  • Popular descriptive works
  • Introductory sociology textbooks

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