Readings for students interested in HSPS subjects.
The titles listed below provide overviews and introductions to these subjects. HSPS Students should also consult the lists for Politics, Sociology, and International Relations. Many readings are particularly relevant to the first year course. Two of the Social Anthropology titles are case studies (‘ethnographies’) of individual societies, intended to introduce you to the discipline’s distinctive method and approach.
You are not expected to read all of the books recommended below, but your first weeks at University will be easier if you read at least some of them. Try to read at least one book from each discipline, so as to familiarise yourself with some of the key ideas, topics and perspectives that you will encounter in your first year of study. Visits to museums and archaeological sites, as well as travel, are all good ways to develop your interests and understanding of the discipline.
Please note: that many of these books are re-issued and updated every couple of years, so if you can find a more recent edition of any book, all the better! Check publication dates — for Bio Anth especially, older versions may omit many recent fossil finds that have changed our understanding of human evolution, for example. However, reading an older version is better than not reading the book!
- Diamond, J. Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. 1998. W. W. Norton.
- Bernard Crick, 2002, Democracy: A Very Short Introduction; Oxford University Press
- John Dunn, 1992, Western Political Theory In The Face Of The Future (revised edition); Cambridge University Press
- Raymond Geuss, 2001, History And Illusion In Politics; Cambridge University Press
- David Runciman, 2014, Politics, Profile Books
- Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainsley, 2009, Understanding International Relations (4th edition); Palgrave Macmillan
- Jussi Hanhimaki, Joseph A. Maiolo, Kirsten Schulze, and Anthony Best, 2008, An International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2nd edition); Routledge
- Henry Kissinger, 1994, Diplomacy; Simon & Schuster
- James Mayall, 2000, World Politics: Progress and its Limits; Polity
- Adam Watson, 1992, The Evolution of International Society; Routledge
- Anthony Giddens, 2009, Sociology (6th edition); Polity
- Zygmunt Bauman, 2001, Thinking Sociologically (2nd edition); Wiley-Blackwell
- Anthony Smith, 1995, Nations and Nationalism in a Global Era; Polity
- R W Connell, 2009, Gender (2nd edition); Polity
- Richard Sennett, 1999, The Corrosion of Character; W W Norton
- Rita Astuti, Jonathan P Parry, and Charles Stafford (editors), 2007, Questions of Anthropology; Oxford
- Sharon E. Hutchinson 1996. Nuer Dilemmas: Coping with Money, War, and the State; University of California HSPS
- Michael Stewart, 1997. The Time of the Gypsies; Westview Press
- Lila Abu-Lughod, 1986. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; University of California Press
- Wacquant L.J.D. 2004. Body & Soul : notebooks of an apprentice boxer. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
- Michael Carrithers 1992. Why Humans Have Cultures: Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity; Oxford
Egyptian & Mesopotamian Language & Culture
- Dominique Charpin, 2010, Reading and Writing in Babylon. Harvard University Press.
- Michael Roaf, 1996, Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia. Andromeda.
- Andrew George, 1999, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Penguin Classics.
- Martin Worthington, 2012 ed., Teach Yourself Complete Babylonian. Hodder
- Mark Collier & Bill Manley, 1998, How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A step-by-step guide to teach yourself. British Museum.
- Stephen Quirke, 1992, Ancient Egyptian Religion. British Museum.
- Ian Shaw, 2000, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press.
- Ian Shaw, 2003, Exploring Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press.
- William K. Simpson et al., 2003, The Literature of Ancient Egypt (3rd ed.). Yale University Press.
- Michael W. Eysenck and Mark T. Keane, 2010, Cognitive psychology: a student's handbook; Psychology Press.
- Michael Hogg and Graham Vaughan, 2010, Essentials of social psychology; Prentice Hall
- Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Willem Wagenaar, Barbara Fredrickson and Geoffrey R. Loftus, 2009, Atkinson and Hilgard's introduction to psychology; Cengage Learning.
- H Rudolph Schaffer, 2006, Key concepts in developmental psychology; SAGE.
- Richard J. Gerrig, Philip Zimbardo, Frode Svartdal and Tim Brennen, 2012, Psychology and Life; Allyn & Bacon
Dr Pieter van Houten, Director of Studies in HSPS (Social & Political Sciences)
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