The most influential books in Australian sociology (MIBAS), 1963-2003

Zlatko Skrbis, John Germov

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To mark the 40th anniversary of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), a survey on the Most Influential Books in Australian Sociology (MIBAS) was conducted. In this article we discuss the MIBAS process, its findings, and provide some reflections on the top 10 most influential books. We also situate the MIBAS survey among other attempts to compile lists of the most influential books in the discipline of sociology, and discuss the benefits and limits of such endeavours. We argue that the MIBAS exercise was useful not only as a commemorative device, but as an opportunity to reflect on the breadth and influence of Australian sociological scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-303
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian sociology
  • Canon
  • Influential sociological books
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Top 10 books

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