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Stephen Crook

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Stephen Crook was born in Farnborough Kent, England in 1950. He completed his BA in philosophy at the University of York in 1970. Crook’s first academic position was at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth where he remained for six years. He returned to study, graduating with a DPhil in sociology in 1984. In 1985 Crook was recruited to the University of Tasmania, becoming Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Work. He remained until 1997, leaving to take up the Foundation Chair of Sociology at James Cook University. Crook published on a wide range of topics concerning mass media, popular culture, the development of environmental values, and more latterly, how people managed the risks associated with the consumption of meat and of genetically modified crops. His book, Postmodernization: Change in Advanced Society (1992), is perhaps his best known work, but Crook published other works including Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath: Foundationalism and Anti-foundationalism in Radical Social Theory (1991). Crook served as the President of TASA from 1999 until 2002, marking a career of active involvement in the organisation. Following his passing on 5th September 2002, the Stephen Crook memorial prize was established in his honour, and is now awarded bi-annually for the best book in Australian sociology.