Readers' recommendations

Here are recommendations from readers of works regarded as innovative and valuable in the formation of new approaches to the social sciences.

John Searle, The Construction of Social Reality

Carol Rovane, The Bounds of Agency

Luc Bolkanski and Laurent Thevenot, On Justification: Economies of Worth (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

Owen Hatherley, A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain

Joel Isaac, Working Knowledge: Making the Human Sciences from Parsons to Kuhn

Joseph Henrich, Ernst Fehr, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Herbert Gintis.  Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies

Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope

John Deakins, Making Sense of Us

Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Mary Midgley, The Solitary Self (Heretics)

Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust

Branko Milanovic, The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

Prasannan Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850

Steven Greenhouse, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Daron Acemoglu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Luc Boltanski, The New Spirit of Capitalism

Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice

Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

Jeffrey Sachs, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

James Gustave Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability

Jonathan Marks, Why I Am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge

Helga Nowatny and Giuseppe Testa, Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age

Jon Agar,Science in the 20th Century and Beyond (PHSS - Polity History of Science series)

Wendy Brown, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty

Bruce Wexler, Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change

Donna Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: N├ęgritude, Vitalism, and Modernity (New Directions in Critical Theory)

Aviatar Zerubavel, Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community

Andre Pichot, Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler

Robert Sampson, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

John Gerring, Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework (Strategies for Social Inquiry)

Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus, The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire

Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality

James Moudud, Cyrus Bina, Patrick Mason, editors, Alternative Theories of Competition: Challenges to the Orthodoxy (Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics)

Bernard Lahire, The Plural Actor

Randall Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change

David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Francis Spufford, Red Plenty

Stephan Fuchs, Against Essentialism: A Theory of Culture and Society

Brian Skyrms, The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure

John Gertner, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Duncan Watts, Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer

Dan Hausman, Preference, Value, Choice, and Welfare

Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur: America, The True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy (Economic Controversies)

Here are some topics readers have suggested as particularly interesting.

evolutionary game theory
theories of collective agency