The Most Cited Books in 2007

Global information publisher Thomson Reuters recently collected citations from the journal literature it indexed in 2007 — mainly academic / peer-reviewed journals — to books and their authors.  Below is the list of the most-cited works/authors in the humanities and social sciences.  (in the sciences, the journal rather than the book is the main communication vehicle).

For a measure of your canonical literacy, or perhaps your academic orientation, see how many of these authors you’ve read something by.  I’ve been so bold.

From Times Higher Education (UK).

1    Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Philosophy, sociology, criticism”
2    Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) Sociology
3    Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) Philosophy
4    Albert Bandura (1925- ) Psychology
5    Anthony Giddens (1938- ) Sociology
6    Erving Goffman (1922-1982) Sociology
7    Jurgen Habermas (1929- ) Philosophy, sociology”
8    Max Weber (1864-1920) Sociology
9    Judith Butler (1956- ) Philosophy
10    Bruno Latour (1947- ) Sociology, anthropology”
11    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Psychoanalysis
12    Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) Philosophy
13    Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) Philosophy
14    Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) Philosophy
15    Noam Chomsky (1928- ) Linguistics, philosophy”
16    Ulrich Beck (1944- ) Sociology
17    Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Philosophy
18    David Harvey (1935- ) Geography
19    John Rawls (1921-2002) Philosophy
20    Geert Hofstede (1928- ) Cultural studies
21    Edward W. Said (1935-2003) Criticism
22    Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) Sociology
23    Roland Barthes (1915-1980) Criticism, philosophy”
24    Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) Anthropology
25    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) Political theory
26    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) Criticism, philosophy”
27    Henri Tajfel (1919-1982) Social psychology
28    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Philosophy
29    Barney G. Glaser (1930- ) Sociology
30    George Lakoff (1941- ) Linguistics
31    John Dewey (1859-1952) Philosophy, psychology, education”
32    Benedict Anderson (1936- ) International studies
33    Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) Philosophy
34    Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) Psychoanalysis, philosophy, criticism”
35    Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996) History and philosophy of science
36    Karl Marx (1818-1883) Political theory, economics, sociology”
37    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Philosophy

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