Here is a small selection of key sociology linked web sites

or scroll to Part Two for a list of web sites

  1. Sociological Organisations
    Look at the web sites of some key sociological associations like:

These sites have sections that can assist students.

  1. Reading Sociology On Line

Read on line some key new material written by sociologists

Discover Society

Started published in 2013 this is a very lively monthly, magazine style blog for sociologists. Along with ‘articles’, it covers the most up to date public issues through columns like ‘Viewpoints’, and ‘On the Frontline’ alongside ‘Policy Briefings’. A good read.

Contexts: Understanding people in their social worlds
Published quarterly with Vol 15 in 2016, this magazine and blog from the American Sociological Association aims to make sociology more publicly accessible. It has discussions of the pressing issues of the day, examines social trends , and features key sociological debates. Another ‘good read’.
Sociology Research On Line
This is a pioneering UK-based website (Volume 20 in 2015). There are original articles that can be read online, as well as special features and editions, which try to generate sociological responses to immediate world events. For the advanced sociology student this is really worth visiting.

Sociology Review
Meant for school students and the 25th volume was still being published in 2016.

Contemporary Sociology

This is a journal of book reviews published by the American Sociological Association.


  1. Blogs

There are remarkably few really good sociological blogs and they often have short lives. At the time of writing, these few were pretty good. They tend to highlight special interests.


This Sociological Life

Deborah Lupton’s page with a focus on digitalism, medicine, risk, parenting and bodies.


Everyday Sociology Blog


Cranky Sociologists


Political and Public sociology


The Society Pages


See also: Sociologists Without Borders


You can find further select lists in Deborah Lupton Digital Sociology p218-219


See also:

British Sociological Association: Links
London School of Economics Impact Blog


Office for National Statistics (UK)



Boundless Sociology




Below is a listing of some selective sites organised by some key themes.


They have been selected because they appear to be a reliable and established resource; but they can still get out of date very quickly. They can only be indicators for starting your search…..


AIDS/ HIV: see Chapter 3





Air and Flying: see Chapter 1

List of world’s busiest airports ( see Wikipedia)….0…1ac.1.34.heirloom-serp..1.10.704.ynOnTngNsmA

Airports Council International

US Federal Aviation Administration


Ageing: see Chapter 3

UN Programme on Ageing

British Society of Gerontology

The Gerontological Society of America

Age UK

The Centre for Policy on Ageing


Anthropology: see Chapter 1

Human Relations Areas Files


see also: Indigenous Peoples


Attitudes and Values: Chapter

World Values Survey

British Social Attitudes

 European Social Survey


Bourdieu: see Chapter 7

HyperBourdieu© WorldCatalogue

 An online bibliography of comments and elaborations of Bourdieu’s work

Bourdieu Foundation



UNICEF – The State of the World’s Children
Child Soldiers International

 Cities: see Urban
Climate change: see Environment

Cosmopolitanism: see Chapter 3, 8

 Kwame Anthony Appiah is a recognised expert in this field

Stuart Hall suggests a more critical version of it in a You Tube interview


 Crime & Criminology

See the useful Crime Webliography in E. Carrabine et al Criminology, 2015, 3rd edition Appendix pp. 554- 567
Crime theory. com


Criminal statistics

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Paul’s Crime Page: Reiman’s The Poor Get Prison
The World Fact Book of Criminal Justice Systems

provides narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world.
European Justice Forum

UN Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP)

UK Crime statistics Maps

Criminal Justice Walkthrough

Chicago Area Project


Critical Theory

illuminations :the critical theory website



 On social and cultural anthropology

The journal: Theory, Culture & Society

Key concepts in Culture

On the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies

A web site of award winning culture sites


Death and dying

Archives of

Death studies

Sociology of Death and Dying


 Demography: see Population




Disability World


Disasters / catastrophe

 UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Relief)

Disaster Resource Guide



United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

Drug Alliance

 Drugs information at the UK Home Office





Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies

A Bibliography Of Durkheim’s Works

Durkheim in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy



Statistics on work patterns, unemployment, consumption and the economy generally can be found in sources already mentioned: search under

Social Trends (UK)

Eurostats (Europe)

World Bank Fact Book (World)

See also:

World Bank

International Monetary Fund
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

UNCTAD is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

useful for all kinds of data about global trade

ILGO International Labor Organization

A UN organisation devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work. A useful statistical resource and many new stories of work around the world.

New Economic foundation (NEF)

An independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being and is developing the new economics. Its aim is a new economy based on social justice, environmental sustainability and collective well-being

Institute for Economic Affairs

Explains free-market ideas to the public, including politicians, students, journalists, businessmen, academics and anyone interested in public policy.

The Work Foundation

The Work Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that brings all sides of working organisations together to find the best ways of improving both economic performance and quality of working life.

Trade Union Congress

Information on unions in the UK.


Two useful magazines are:

Fortune Magazine

One of the world’s leading business magazines. Among many other things, you can access lists of the top companies, lists of some of the best companies to work for, and a list of the 40 richest under-40s in the US.

The Economist

The renowned weekly magazine. It focuses on international news and business affairs.

See also the websites of:

Ha Joon-Chang

Paul Mason     

Naomi Klein  

Joseph Stiglitz

Paul Krugman

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)




World education



Enlightenment : Chapter 4

Open University Course on the Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment




 Centre for Research into Emotion Work (CREW)

 Emotion at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Environment: Chapter 3

United Nations Environment Project (UNEP)

United Nations and Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

World Watch Institute

World Earth Resources: Earth Trends


 World Environmental Websites

 People and Planet

 Encyclopedia of Earth

an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society





Race and Ethnicity ONLINE

Poverty and ethnicity in the UK

Focus on Ethnicity and Identity



 A YouTube video with an introduction to visual ethnography

Visualising Ethnography at Loughborough University

 Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University

American ethnography




The International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Ethon/CA News

See also: Boundless



EUROPA – Gateway to the European Union


The annual yearbook of European Statistics can be accessed at:



United Nations Family Development

Introduction to the Focal Point on the Family within the United Nations Secretariat.

Single Parents

A US website which contains streams of information for single parents

Gay and Lesbian Couples

world details and ongoing debates about gay and lesbian marriages

Some ‘Family’ Research Centres in the U.K include:

Morgan Centre for the study of everyday lives (Manchester)

Families and Social Capital (Southbank)

Centre for Family Research (Cambridge)

Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG) Research Centre (Leeds)



Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)



Equality Now



Equality Now ( Violence)

Feminist Majority Foundation Online

Institute for Global Communication

Feminism and Women’s Studies

 Feminism news archive at The Guardian

 Feminism at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Feminist theory


Feminism and Women’s Studies

 Feminist Theory Website


Flying: See Air




The World of Michel Foucault

Foucauldian (The)



Freud Archives

Freud Mueseum

Sigmund Freud – Life and Work


Futures: see also Utopias

 21st Century Challenges




Video interview with Clifford Geertz

Big Ideas: Clifford Geertz





GenderStats : database of gender statistics

Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science

International Gender Studies Centre at the University of Oxford







Forces of globalization

International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

World Bank: Globalization

World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization

The Globalization Website

Globalization a student’s guide to globalization



Global Health Watch

World Health Organization


National Center for Health Statistics

WHO Europe

 UK Department of Health:

 Sociology Professor on Health

 Pneumonia and Diarrhea: tackling the World’s Deadliest Disease for Children, 2012

Click to access UNICEF_P_D_complete_0604.pdf




Royal Historical Society



H.I.V. see A.I.D.S



Holocaust Facts

Yad Vashem


Human development and capabilities

Human Development Report (and Index):


Human Development and Capability Association

Welcome to the HDCA

see also: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development


Human reproduction

 International Planned Parenthood federation

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

 World Health Organization


Human rights

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International:


Women’s Human Rights

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission




Indigenous peoples

Native Web

Indigenous Peoples: Issues and resources

Survival International
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues



Global Policy Forum on Inequality

The Equality Trust (mainly U.K.)

Working group on extreme inequality (mainly U.S.)
Focus on the Global South

Life Chances and Social Mobility: An Overview of the Evidence

Click to access lifechances_socialmobility.pdf

Online Atlas of the Millennium Development Goals


Mapping Inequalities on Line

More specifically, make sure you look out for:

World Poverty

World Top Incomes Database

Rich List (Forbes, Sunday Times)

Global Slavery Index

Human Development Index (HDI)
Inequality Adjusted Human Development Index
Gender Inequality Index (GID) see also:
Displaced Migrants:

Human Security Index:

See also:

Finally, The United Nations monitors the responses of states across the world, while Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch produce regular nation based comparisons and reports

Map of United Nations Indicators on Rights:

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International

Annual State Sponsored Homophobia Report on PDF


The Vision of Humanity web site and follow up the leads it provides. See:

(You will find both the Global Peace Index and The Terrorism Index)

Global Peace Index

The Terrorism Index

Global Cost of Violence Report

Violence against Women Prevalence Data (UN):

Trafficking of People United Nations Global Reports: analysis/glotip/GLOTIP_2014_full_report.pdf

Global Report 2014- World at War…


Islam /Muslim

Muslim Association of Britain

Middle East Policy Council

Tabsir : insight on Islam and the Middle East



UNESCO: Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

Ethnologue, languages of the world



 Freedom House







Environmental Knowledge and Change: Maps and Graphics library


This service is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development.

There are currently 1986 graphics available in the database, with the last update May 27, 2010.



Most of Marx’s writings are downloadable. See
See also:



George Herbert Mead

The Mead Project

 The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy





Independent Media Centre

 Stuart Hall Representation and the Media on the You Tube

The Critical Media Project

British TV history

BARB (British Audience Research Board

?????????????Internet resources on media studies


Mobile Phone /Internet Use

2015 worldwide Internet, mobile and social media trends: get into 376 pages of data



European Association of Methodology

SocioSite: Research Methodology and Statistics



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Global Commission for International Migration
Two main (United Nations) agencies acting on behalf of the world’s refugees and migrants



Modernist cultures

Cultural Logic: An Electronic Journal of Marxist Theory and Practice

Vienna café : the Viennese café and fin-de-siècle culture


Oral history

Oral History Society

 Oral history at the BBC

 Oral history recordings at the British Library

(This includes recordings on a very wide variety of issues, such as the Holocaust, the history of jazz in Britain, and the common cold.)


The Stanford Encyclopeadia of Philosophy

American philosophical association
British Philosophical Association



Political sources on the net

Useful world wide listings

Freedom House

Freedom House charts the state of the world’s democracies in its annual volume Freedom in the World, and their results are available on their website.

Transparency International
Charts the corruption of governments around the world

The UK Government and its cabinet

provides insight to the workings of the U.K. government

Open Democraccy

(openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice).



World Population Clock

State of World Population

World Urbanization Prospects

United Nations Population Fund

World Population – UK

Population Reference Bureau

UK Census—unrounded-figures-for-the-data-published-16-july-2012/index.html

US Census


Postmodern theory
Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought

Everything Postmodern: a postmodern webguide since 1995.

Baudrillard on the Web

Postmodern Culture (PMC)

Kritikos: Journal of Postmodern Cultural Sound, Text and Image




The World Bank

United Nations

Global Monitoring Report


The Conference on Poverty

Local –U.K

The Poverty Site

This site monitors what is happening to poverty and social exclusion in the UK. The material is organised around 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of the subject, from income and work to health and education. It is run by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG provides information about low-income families and the policies that affect them.It produces regular newsletters and fact lists.

The Low Pay Commission is at:

This will provides commentary, debate and the most recent figures, especially on the minimum wage. is a useful guide to social policy issues:

The original poverty maps of Charles Booth can be found at:

Charles Booth Online Archive



See Foucault



Failed States



International Centre for Prison Studies

Prison Reform Trust

 A Victorian Prison at the National Archives



Queer studies


Queer Resources Directory

One national gay and lesbian archive

International Gay and Lesbian Association


Racism and ethnicity

Institute of Race Relations:

 The Runnymede Trust:


UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

Refugee Council

Refugee Action




 Center for the Study of Religion

World Council of Churches:

Islam at a glance:

Jewish culture and history:

Hinduism Today:

Zen Buddhism:




Research methods

Social Research Update

Computer assisted qualitative data analysis

Qualitative Page


Risk society

An on line account of Beck’s theory can be found at:–WorldRisk.pdf

Risk and Society Study Group at the British Sociological Association




Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science (KES)

British Society for the History of Science, The (BSHS)



Program in Human Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University




A detailed biography and appreciation of Simmel


Global Slavery Index

Anti-Slavery International:

Social movements

List of social movements

Some examples

 América Latina en Movimiento

 Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature in English

 International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC)

 See also the web sites of

Charles Tilly

Manuel Castells

 Charles Tilly interviewed



History and Social Policy

Important site that enables links with past social policy to make sense of current debates


Sociology (organisations)

American Sociological Association

British Sociological Association (BSA)

European Sociological Association

International Sociological Association

Statistics (sources)

United Nations – World (UN)

C.I.A. World Fact Book

Europe – Eurostat

See Europa Annual Year Book

UK: See Social Trends (CIA)

New Internationalist World Guide


National Statistics –

General: Infoplease

Data on the Net


Statisticians (general)

Royal Statistical Society (RSS)



Centre for Suicide Research, Oxford





Symbolic Interactionism

The home page of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.




World Urbanization Prospects

Major agglomerations of the world

Saskia Sassen The Global City: Introducing a Concept



Real Utopias

and Eric Ohlin Wright:

The debate about utopias from a sociological perspective[1]
Richard Kilminster Human Figurations

Volume 3Issue 2, June 2014–debate-about-utopias-from-a-sociological-perspective?rgn=main;view=fulltext



World Values Survey

Eurobarometer eurobarometer/ceeb/


British Social Attitudes


Violence and War


Armed Conflict Survey


Stokholm International Peace Research Institute

World Report on Violence and health, 2015



Verstehen: Max Weber’s Home Page



(see feminism , gender)

 Women and politics





International Labour Organisation:

 The Work Foundation

(Lancaster University)




CIA World Factbook


New Internationalist



Youth at the United Nations

National Youth Agency