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One of the major aims of the ISA World Congress of Sociology held in Montreal 1998, was to make a critical assessment of sociological heritage of the twentieth century. In this framework the ISA Congress Programme Committee carried on in 1997 an opinion survey in order to identify ten most influential books for sociologists. ISA members were asked to list five books published in the twentieth century which were most influential in their work as sociologists. 16% of ISA members (455 out of 2785) participated in the survey. 

Top 10 

Most voted books and authors by 
Gender Books Authors
F (27,7%)
M (72,3% )
Age groups   Books  Authors 
Less than 45 (30%)
45-55 (44%)
More than 55 (26%)
List of all voted books  
ranking order   
authors in alphabetical order 

Languages in which respondents studied Sociology