Books Libraries Teach Me How to Dewey

DDC 300-309: Welcome to the Human Jungle

A Teach Me How To Dewey production

This Is How We Dewey:

  • 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
  • 301 Sociology & anthropology
  • 302 Social interaction
  • 303 Social processes
  • 304 Factors affecting social behavior
  • 305 Social groups
  • 306 Culture & institutions
  • 307 Communities
  • 308 No longer used—formerly Polygraphy
  • 309 No longer used—formerly History of sociology

Welcome to the 300s! Officially designated for the social sciences, I’m calling it the Human Jungle because it gets into the thick of stuff about people and cultures. I don’t know about yours, but in my library this section went on for sooooo long. Understandably so, since the subjects are so big and broadly defined, with new research and ideas coming out of them all the time. But I was pleased to see just how diverse the books were as I walked down the aisles.

Though I had very little academic experience in sociology (English and history all the way, y’all), I’m fascinated by how people influence culture and vice versa. Though much of what we know about that becomes outdated as time goes by and new information surfaces, I like to see the variety of books in the 300s as documentation of the evolution of humans’ understanding of humanity. Such a thing has been and always will be incomplete, but that won’t be for lack of trying.

The Dew3:

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
By Emily Bazelon
Dewey: 302.34
Random Sentence: “I don’t know what else I can do to protect my son.”

Race Matters
By Cornel West
Dewey: 305.800973
Random Sentence: “Black anti-Semitism and Jewish antiblack racism are real, and both are as profoundly American as cherry pie.”

American Nerd: The Story of My People
By Benjamin Nugent
Dewey: 305.9085
Random Sentence: “The newt impulse exists among sci-fi fans, but in a much subtler way.”

Books Libraries Teach Me How to Dewey

DDC 150-159: Paging Dr. Freud…

A Teach Me How To Dewey production

This Is How We Dewey:

  • 150 Psychology
  • 151 No longer used—formerly Intellect
  • 152 Perception, movement, emotions, and drives
  • 153 Mental processes and intelligence
  • 154 Subconscious and altered states
  • 155 Differential and developmental psychology
  • 156 Comparative psychology
  • 157 No longer used—formerly Emotions
  • 158 Applied psychology
  • 159 No longer used—formerly Will

What’s that saying? Psychology is the study of a tree whereas sociology is the study of the forest? Well, consider it Arbor Day on Teach Me How To Dewey. My library had a robust 150s selection compared to the 140s, which perhaps isn’t surprising given the broad nature and scope of psychology. The human brain is a deep well of possibility, capable of so much (language, intelligent design) and yet so little (YouTube comment sections). Of course Freud and Jung and Co. pop up here, but also pop psychology and books than aren’t quite as obsessed with sex as Sigmund.

It’s interesting to see how formerly used Dewey sections, like 157 and 159, have or have not been integrated within modern arrangements. Emotions has moved from 157 to 152, yet Will has disappeared, at least from the 150s. Perhaps a more robust study of Dewey would reveal these nuances?


The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
By M. Scott Peck
Dewey: 158.1
Random Sentence: “Life is difficult.”

Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children
By Michael Newton
Dewey: 155.4567
Random Sentence: “They ran on all fours, bowed head-down in the dust.”

The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, and Making Stuff
By Rich Gold
Dewey: 153.35
Random Sentence: “And before Barney it was a well-known Kahuna that only boys like dinosaurs.”