Academic journal article Journal of Sociology

A Symposium on the Life and Work of Stephen Crook: Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of Sociology

A Symposium on the Life and Work of Stephen Crook: Introduction

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The TASA 2003 Presidential Address is dedicated to the life-work of Stephen Crook (1950-2002). Steve was a prominent figure in Australian sociology and made a significant contribution to the profession over many years. The three symposium papers presented by Germov, Waters and Pakulski celebrate Steve's achievements and pay tribute to his work by discussing some of his key sociological interests and insights. The first paper, by Germov, provides an overview of Steve's scholarly and professional work, reiterating his plea for an engaged sociology that promotes its utility beyond the walls of the academy.

In order to gain a fuller appreciation of Steve's scholarly work, there are no two people better placed to comment than his close friends and colleagues Malcolm Waters and Jan Pakulski. At one stage, all three were in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, where they co-edited TASA's (then named) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology and co-authored the internationally acclaimed book Postmodernization (1992).

The second paper, by Waters, traces the pathway of Steve's intellectual development through three life phases, from Steve's early days in York, to Hobart and then finally to Townsville, explaining the development of his post-foundational approach and highlighting the great promise of Steve's later (unfinished) work on social differentiation and 'orderings'. …

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