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BISAC Subject Headings List, Social Science

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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2017 Edition.


For subheadings that overlap those in the FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS section, use subjects in this section for works written from a sociological viewpoint and use subjects in the FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS section for works written to help people deal with issues involving child rearing or relationships.

Use "SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology" for works discussing the causes, detection, and prevention of crime and use subjects in the TRUE CRIME section for historical works and/or works primarily intended for the general public. 

Use "SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work" for works of an instructional, theoretical, or historical nature and use "POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare" for works dealing with government administration of social programs.

SOC000000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / General

SOC046000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Abortion & Birth Control

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / African American Studies see Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

SOC055000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Agriculture & Food Policy)

SOC002000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General

SOC002010    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social

SOC002020    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical

SOC003000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology

SOC056000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)

SOC061000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Body Language & Nonverbal Communication

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Charity see Philanthropy & Charity

SOC047000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies

SOC058000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Conspiracy Theories

SOC004000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology

SOC005000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions

SOC036000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying

SOC006000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Demography

SOC042000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing & Emerging Countries

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disabled see People with Disabilities

SOC040000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief

SOC057000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues

SOC031000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations

SOC007000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration

SOC041000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays

SOC008000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General

SOC001000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

SOC043000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies

SOC044000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies

SOC021000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnology see Anthropology / Cultural & Social

SOC010000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory

SOC011000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology

SOC038000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Freemasonry & Secret Societies

SOC037000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies

SOC032000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies

SOC013000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Handicapped see People with Disabilities

SOC014000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Holidays (non-religious)

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Homosexuality see headings under LGBT Studies

SOC015000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography

SOC016000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services

SOC065000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Sexuality (see also PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality)

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Immigration see Emigration & Immigration

SOC062000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies

SOC048000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies

SOC049000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies

SOC064000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / General

SOC012000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies

SOC017000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Lesbian Studies

SOC052000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies

SOC018000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies

SOC019000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Methodology

SOC020000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Native American Studies see Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies

SOC030000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology

SOC029000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities

SOC033000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Philanthropy & Charity

SOC022000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture

SOC034000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Pornography

SOC045000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness

SOC063000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)

SOC059000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Prostitution & Sex Trade

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race Relations see Discrimination & Race Relations

SOC023000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Reference

SOC066000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Refugees *

SOC053000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies

SOC024000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research

SOC060000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment

SOC054000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery

SOC050000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social History see HISTORY / Social History

SOC025000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work

SOC026000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

SOC026010    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family

SOC026020    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural

SOC026040    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory

SOC026030    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban

SOC039000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Sports see SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports

SOC027000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Statistics

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Thanatology see Death & Dying

SOC051000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society

SOC035000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Volunteer Work

SOC028000    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2017, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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