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Stephen Crook Memorial Prize

4A biennial prize for the best authored book in Australian Sociology. Nominations for the next Stephen Crook Memorial Prize will open in late 2019 and close on March 1st, 2020. 

Please note: the 2020 Prize will cover books that list 2018 or 2019 in the front matter of the book (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released/published). Previous recipients of the award are excluded. The nominated book should be clearly from the discipline of Sociology.

About the Prize

The Prize was established to honour the memory of Professor Stephen Crook in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian sociology. The Prize is awarded biennially, at the TASA Conference, to the best authored monograph within the discipline of Sociology published in the previous two years.


Stephen Crook (1950-2002)

Stephen Crook was TASA President (1999-2002), Joint-Editor of the Journal (1993-1997), and Foundation Professor of Sociology at James Cook University (1998-2002). Steve had longstanding interests in social theory, the sociology of culture and political sociology. His books include: Environmentalism, Public Opinion and the Media in Australia (edited with J. Pakulski, 1998), Adorno: The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture (ed, 1994), Postmodernization: Change in Advanced Society (co-authored with J. Pakulski & M. Waters, 1992), Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath: Foundationalism and Anti-foundationalism in Radical Social Theory (1991).

Memoriam have been published in Nexus (Issue 3, 2002).

A special double issue of the journal Cultural Studies was been dedicated to the memory of Stephen Crook:

Steve’s TASA 2000 Conference Presidential Address was published posthumously:

The 2003 TASA Presidential Address was held as a symposium on the Life-work of Stephen Crook and was published in the Journal of Sociology:


The recipient of the Prize will receive:

  • $500, a certificate and trophy
  • Complimentary conference registration to attend the TASA conference at which the Prize is presented (includes conference dinner)
  • An invitation to discuss their book at a Meet the Author session at the TASA conference
  • A free publisher’s stand at the conference for the purpose of promoting the book
  • An invitation to submit a short paper for Nexus/TASA Blog on the book
  • Extensive publicity through the TASA membership and wider social science community

Eligibility Criteria

The intention of the TASA Executive Committee in awarding this prize is to recognise members’ contribution to the discipline of sociology through publication of a monograph by a recognised publisher. The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

  • Nominees must be current financial members of TASA and be resident in Australia or have been resident in Australia during some of the work for the book. If the book has more than one author, then 50 percent or more of the authors must be current financial members of TASA and be resident in Australia, or have been resident in Australia during some of the work for the book.
  • The nominated book must:
    • be a major work of scholarship;
    • have an ISBN;
    • be entirely written by a single author, or by joint authors who share responsibility for the whole book (i.e. individual chapters are not attributed to different authors);
    • consist mainly of previously unpublished material, and make some substantial contribution to a defined area of knowledge;
    • be published by a recognised commercial press or publisher.

NOTE – Textbooks (designated by self-proclaimed student orientation and/or significant pedagogic features), edited collections, PhD theses and self-published works are excluded.

  • The 2020 Prize will cover books that list 2018 or 2019 in front matter of the book (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released).
  • Previous recipients of the award are excluded. Those who have previously nominated for the award, but were not successful, can nominate with a new entry.
  • The nominated book should be clearly from the discipline of Sociology.
  • The decision of the SCMP panel will be final and no further communication will be entered into.

Nomination and Submission Procedure

  • Nominations are sought by general invitation to Australian publishers and a general call to authors via TASAweb, the TASA members’ newsletter, Twitter and Nexus
  • Nominations must be made on the official nomination form. The nomination procedure requires a $50 processing fee, which can be paid online here.
  • The completed nomination form, fee, 6 copies of the nominated print book, and a link to the nominated eBook, must be submitted to the TASA Office by no later than March 1, 2020.  Please note: photocopied works will not be accepted.
  • It is a condition of entry that publicity for the winning book refers to the prize as The Australian Sociological Association Stephen Crook Memorial Prize. The prize can be described as being awarded biennial for the ‘best authored book in Australian Sociology’.

Further details, are available from:

TASA Executive Officer
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Mailbag H98
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Ph: +61 3 9214 5283

Selection Procedure

  1. The prize will be awarded to the book judged by the panel to be the best published during the nominated years. It is awarded every two years.
  2. Textbooks, PhD theses, edited collections and self-published works are excluded from consideration.
  3. The panel will comprise 6 members appointed by the TASA Executive Committee. The panel will normally include the TASA President or nominee, the convener, the immediate past recipient and three people drawn from the membership. Authors or co-authors of a book eligible for the prize are excluded from panel membership.
  4. The selection will take place in two stages. Nominated books will be circulated to the panel. Panel members will be asked to read each nominated book, by a set date, and provide a list of three eligible books in order of merit. Books will be awarded 3 points for each 1st preference, 2 points for each 2nd preference, and 1 point for each 3rd preference.
  5. The 3 books with the highest total points will be designated as a shortlist. In the event of ties, the shortlist may be longer than 3 books.
  6. All members of the panel will be invited to rank the shortlist in order of merit, by a set date.
  7. The recipient of the prize will be determined by calculating the number of points awarded to each short-listed book, where 3 points are given for each 1st preference, 2 for each 2nd preference, and 1 point for each third preference. The book scoring the most points wins the prize. In the event of a tie on this calculation, the prize will be awarded to the tied book receiving the most 1st preferences.
  8. The prize will only be awarded if at least 50% of the panel members have participated in each of the two rounds of nominations.
  9. The prize will be announced and presented to the recipient in the relevant year of the annual TASA conference.
  10. The judging panel reserves the right not to award the prize.

Past recipients of the Stephen Crook Memorial Prize

  • 2014: Fran Collyer – Mapping the Sociology of Health and Medicine: America, Britain and Australia Compared. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2012).
  • 2012: Rob White – Transnational Environmental Crime: Toward an Eco-global Criminology. Routledge: Willan. 2011
  • 2010: Jack Barbalet – Weber, Passion and Profits: ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2008.
  • 2008: Raewyn Connell – Southern Theory: The global dynamics of knowledge in social science (Allen & Unwin 2007). Raewyn Connell is a University Professor at the University of Sydney.
  • 2005: Jan Pakulski – Globalising Inequalities: New Patterns of Social Privilege and Disadvantage (Allen and Unwin 2005). Professor Jan Pakulski is Dean of Arts at the University of Tasmania.
  • 2003: Michael Pusey – the inaugural recipient – The Experience of Middle Australia: The Dark Side of Economic Reform (Cambridge University Press 2003).

Past Panel Members


  • Johanna Wyn (Chair)
  • Martin Forsey
  • Pam Nilan
  • Garth Stahl
  • Karen Willis
  • Brady Robards


  • Stewart Lockie (Chair)
  • Fran Collyer (2014 Winner)
  • Katie Hughes (Exec rep)
  • Caragh Brosnan
  • Gary Dowsett
  • Kitty te Riel


  • Douglas Ezzy (Chair)
  • Dina Bowman
  • Nick Osbaldiston
  • Rob White
  • Nicholas Hookway
  • Karen Willis


  • Professor Evan Willis (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Debra King (TASA Executive Representative0
  • Jack Barbalet (2010 SCMP winner)
  • Professor John McDonald (Ballarat University)
  • Associate Professor Kevin White (ANU)


  • Professor Janeen Baxter (Chair)
  • Professor Jan Pakulski
  • Dr Angela Dwyer (Web Editor)
  • Professor Alan Petersen (General Executive Member)
  • Professor Sharyn Roach-Anleu
  • Professor Stewart Lockie


  • Professor Chilla Bulbeck (Chair)
  • Professor Michael Gilding (TASA President)
  • Dr John Scott (JOS Editor)
  • Dr Fran Collyer
  • Dr Jo Lindsay
  • Dr Rosemary Pringle


  • Dr Tim Scrase (UoW) – Chair of Committee
  • A/Prof Roberta Julian (UTas) – Tasa President
  • A/Prof Michael Emmison (UQ)
  • Dr Mike Donaldson (UoW)
  • Dr Pam Nilan (Uni Newcastle)
  • Dr John Scott (UNE)


  • Fran Collyer (Convener)
  • Maria Zadoroznyj (JOS editor)
  • John Germov (TASA President)
  • Roberta Julian
  • Jan Pakulski
  • Malcolm Waters

2018 Winners: Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Jane Brophy & Casimir MacGregor

2018: Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor and Jane Brophy – Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope. Palgrave Macmillan

Congratulations to the 2018 Stephen Crook Memorial Prize winners (from L to R) Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner & Jane Brophy (Casimir MacGregor unable to attend) for Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope.

Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner & Jane Brophy (Casimir MacGregor unable to attend)

2016 Winner - Joel Windle

2016: Joel Windle – Making Sense of School Choice: Politics, Policies, and Practice Under Conditions of Cultural Diversity. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.

2014 Winner - Fran Collyer

Mapping the Sociology of Health and Medicine










A review of the book can be viewed here.

Further information and purchasing options are available on the Publisher’s website.

2012 Winner - Rob White

Rob White book cover







 Rob White’s discussion on Transnational Environmental Crime: Toward an Eco-global Criminology is available in the March 2013 issue of Nexus (Vol 25 No.1).

2010 Winner - Jack Barbalet

Weber Passion and Profits book cover image Jack Barbalet










The literature on Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is now enormous. It is difficult to imagine that there is anything new left to say about the book. But what if Weber’s focus is not primarily a cultural exploration of the genesis of modern capitalism in early modern Europe, as he presents the work and practically all of his readers accept, but an argument about the needs of the early 20th century German middle class to take hold of their political destiny, as the British and American middle classes had, under the sway of puritan-inspired self control? This is where Weber, Passion and Profits begins. It is the first of three connected stories about the Protestant Ethic developed in it.

The full article can be read in Nexus 23:1, February 2011.