Introverts, Pervs and Everything In Between
Unusual mating rituals? Desires for stark isolation? Embarrassing conversational blunders? The world of sociology has it all. Though we may never know all of the answers to the mysteries of human society, these social scientists and researchers have shared their knowledge in this collection of popular sociology.
Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking by Christian Rudder
Using what he’s learned through his website and data from his work, Christian Rudder, founder of OKCupid, explains how big data can reveal secret patterns about our lives and behavior, particularly in how people interact with each other. Rudder offers not only a look into basic sociology, but also provides an introduction to big data, using both text and plenty of fascinating charts and graphs.
Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering
Looking at sexual psychology and its effect on how human sexuality impacts society, University of Otago Communications Professor Jesse Bering describes some of the unusual mating rituals humans engage in and sexual interests around the world. Bering argues that sexual deviation is, in fact, normal as he employs a number of fields of study, including sociology, political science and biology to prove his point.
In a world that largely celebrates extroverted personalities, Susan Cain discusses the strengths of introversion and how society can benefit from the qualities introverts tend to bring to their communities. Cain also shares the challenges introverts face in a extroversion-driven culture and notes how those challenges can be overcome.
Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro
A self-admitted awkward person, relationship expert Ty Tashiro reveals the benefits of being awkward in a society that emphasizes social cues and being able to follow them. Tashiro shares both data and anecdotes to account for his thesis in a fun and accessible read.
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Though journalist Michael Finkel’s book on Christopher Thomas Knight (also known as the North Pond Hermit) focuses largely on the individual story of the man who spent 27 years alone in the woods, Finkel draws in plenty of other stories and studies of human isolation and its effect on people. With a narrative take on the subject, The Stranger in the Woods reveals why individuals may seek extended solitude and what societal reintegration can look like.