I’ve been thinking a bit about sociology lately, partly because I’ve always thought it’s a fascinating discipline (Tally’s Corner, Rituals of Blood and No Shame in My GameÂ are three of my favourite non-fiction books ever), and partly prompted by Mark Bahnisch’s revelation that QUT plans to stop teaching it, on the basis thatÂ they think sociology isÂ one of the ‘old humanities’.
So I got to wondering about something. Is there a consensus as to who are the best sociologists in Australia? When it comes to economists, we have a pretty high level of agreement over what constitutes high-quality output, and so can readily put together ranking tables (eg. this one). But who would Australian sociologists typically name as the stars in the field?