The Sociology of Trump: An Initial Reading List

Obviously I’m intellectualising in the hope of avoiding despair. Here’s my first go at a provisional Sociology of Trump reading list, incorporating books I’ve read, books I own and now prioritise reading and those I’ve bought this morning. I’ve deliberately cast the net as widely as possible:

  1. Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank
  2. Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
  3. Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild
  4. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  5. The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Katherine Cramer
  6. Evicted: Property and Poverty in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  7. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  8. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
  9. Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges
  10. Winner-Takes-All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
  11. The Rise of the Right by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell
  12. Riots and Political Protest by Simon Winlow, ‎Steve Hall, ‎Daniel Briggs
  13. Post-Democracy by Colin Crouch
  14. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  15. A Sociology of Modernity: Liberty and Discipline by Peter Wagner (via Alexandre Martins)
  16. Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age by Russell Jacoby (via Steve Hall)
  17. Revolt on the Right by Matthew Goodwin and Rob Ford
  18. The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis
  19. Trump and Me by Mark Singer
  20. Rethinking Social Exclusion by Simon Winlow and Steve Hall
  21. Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D’Antonio
  22. Trouble in Paradise by Slavoj Zizek
  23. American Politics in an Age of Ignorance by David Schultz
  24. Wasted Lives by Zygmunt Bauman
  25. This Town by Mark Leibovich
  26. Trump’s Executive Orders by Tim Patrius
  27. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
  28. The Deep State by Mike Lofgren
  29. White Trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America

Any suggestions of stuff I can add to the list?

9 thoughts on “The Sociology of Trump: An Initial Reading List

  1. Ah does this expand much on the book? I liked the book but thought it was theoretically very weak and this sounds interesting.

  2. Pretty wide list that covers the spectrum. Thomas Frank is one of the most underrated writers of our time. Sinclair Lewis wrote a book that is referenced to Trump quite a bit. Chris Hedges is a brilliant polemist who always has something fascinating to say. If you could be so kind as to check me out and tell me what you think.

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