In 2003, as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations, the TASA Executive undertook to do a survey of the Most Influential Books in Australian Sociology (MIBAS). The MIBAS survey, modelled on similar exercises by the International and American Sociological Associations, was divided into two stages: nomination and ranking.
In early 2003 all TASA members were asked to nominate up to five books published since 1963, which they considered to have most profoundly shaped the sociological scholarship in this country. They could be of sociological interest, on Australian sociology, books about Australian society or by Australian sociologists (broadly defined). Over 60 books were nominated via our members only section of the TASA website.
Following the nominations, members were asked to select and rank their top 10 from the list of nominated books. The voting closed in October 2003. The final Top Ten will be announced at this year’s TASA Conference in Armidale.
A paper discussing the MIBAS results was published in the Journal of Sociology:
Top Ten Books
To download a copy of the listing for the Top 10 books, please click here (Adobe Acrobat – pdf format).
- Ruling class ruling culture: studies of conflict, power and hegemony in Australian life
Connell, R.W. (1977)
- Economic rationalism in Canberra: a nation-building state changes its mind
Pusey, M. (1991)
- Damned whores and God’s police: the colonization of women in Australia
Summers, A. (1975 & 2002)
- Gender and power: society, the person, and sexual politics
Connell, R.W. (1987)
Connell, R.W. (1995)
- Making the difference: schools, families and social division
Connell, R.W., Ashenden, D.W., Kessler, S. & Dowsett, G.W. (1982)
- The body and society: explorations in social theory
Turner, B. (1984 & 1996)
- Gender at work
Game, A. & Pringle, R. (1984)
- Medical dominance: the division of labour in Australian health care
Willis, E. (1983 & 1989)
- Crime, shame and reintegration
Braithwaite, J. (1989)