Clare College Cambridge

Human, Social and Political Sciences

There is no  pre-requisite reading  for  applying or interviews. We are often asked though for suggestions of what applicants could read to get a general sense of the individual subjects. The following may be interesting and informative. If you wish to read as preparation, we do not suggest that you try to read across all the subjects.


David Runciman, Politics, London:  Profile Books
John Dunn, Western political theory in the face of the future revised editionCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Bernard Crick, Democracy: a very short introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Jussi Hanhimaki, Joseph A. Maiolo, Kirsten Schulze, and Anthony Best, 2nd edition An international history of the twentieth century and beyond London: Routledge, 2008.
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy London: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
James Mayall,  World politics: progress and its limits Cambridge: Polity, 2000.

Lila Abu-Lughod, Veiled sentiments: honor and poetry in a Bedouin society Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 1986.
Karen Ho,  Liquidated: an ethnography of Wall Street Raleigh: Duke University Press, 2009.
T.H. Eriksen,  Small places large issues: an introduction to social and cultural anthropology 3rd edition London: Pluto Press 2010.
J. Hendry,  An introduction to social anthropology: sharing our worlds  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan 2008.
J. Monaghan, and P. Just  Social & cultural anthropology: a very short introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000.

J.C. Alexander and K. Thompson,  A contemporary introduction to sociology: culture and society in transition  London: Paradigm Publishers, 2008.
R. Crompton, Class and stratification, 3rd edition Cambridge: Polity Press 2008.
A. Giddens, Sociology 6th edition Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009.