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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 2019 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 / American / African American Studies

                      SOCIAL SCIENCE / African Diaspora see Black Studies (Global) *

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

SOC068000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Biracial & Multiracial Studies *

SOC056000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)

SOC061000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Body Language & Nonverbal Communication

SOC067000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Capital Punishment

                      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

SOC031000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination

SOC057000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues

SOC007000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration

SOC041000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays

SOC008000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General

SOC008010     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African Studies *

SOC069000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / General *

SOC001000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American Studies

SOC043000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Asian American Studies

SOC044000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Hispanic American Studies

SOC021000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies

SOC008020     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian Studies *

SOC008030     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Australian & Oceanian Studies *

SOC008040     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Canadian Studies *

SOC008050     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Caribbean & Latin American Studies *

SOC008060     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / European Studies *

SOC008070     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Middle Eastern 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

SOC064010     SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Bisexual Studies

SOC012000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies

SOC017000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Lesbian Studies

SOC064020     SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / Transgender 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 / American / 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

SOC070000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race & Ethnic 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 / Cultural & Social Aspects

SOC027000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Statistics

SOC071000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Technology Studies *

                      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

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