My Favorite Books

I am often asked to recommend books related to the research that I do. It's hard to really list all of the books that I lurve, but here are some of the ones I use over and over and over again.



Publics and Counterpublics
by Michael Warner

The Human Condition
by Hannah Arendt

Behavior in Public Places
by Erving Goffman

Habermas and the Public Sphere
by Craig Calhoun


Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
by Erving Goffman

The Practice of Everyday Life
by Michel de Certeau

The Subcultures Reader
by Ken Gelder and Sarah Thornton (Eds.)

Technology and Society

No Sense of Place
by Joshua Meyrowitz

Communites in Cyberspace
by Marc Smith and Peter Kollock (Eds.)

Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life
by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda (Eds.)

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
by Henry Jenkins

Smart Mobs
by Howard Rheingold

Code 2.0
by Lawrence Lessig


Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs
by Paul Willis

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
by Thomas Hine

Jocks and Burnouts
by Penny Eckert

Teenage Wasteland
by Donna Gaines

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption
by Murray Milner, Jr.

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before
by Jean

Gender Play
by Barrie Thorne


Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications
by Stanley Wasserman and Katherine Faust

The Wealth of Networks
by Yochai Benkler

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language
by Robin Dunbar

Critical Theory

Discipline and Punish
by Michel Foucault

by Pierre Bourdieu

Gender Trouble
by Judith Butler


Interpretation of Cultures
by Clifford Geertz

Virtual Ethnography
by Christine Hine

The Ethnography of Communication
by Muriel Saville-Troike