Awards

2013 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Lynette Spillman, Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations. University of Chicago Press. Honorable Mention to Cheris Shun-ching Chan's Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China. Oxford University Press and Andreas Wimmer's Ethnic Boundary Making: Institutions, Networks, Power Oxford University Press.

Richard A. Peterson Prize for Best Student Paper: Charles Seguin, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, "Rhethe Mathematics of Superstars: Two Theories of Cultural Consumption" and Phillipa K. Chong, University of Toronto, for "Legitimate Judgment in Art, The Scientific World Reversed?: Critical Distance in Evaluation." Honorable Mention to Xiaohong Xu,Yale University, for "Belonging Before Believing: Ethical Activism, Sectarian Ethos, and Bloc Recruitment in the Making of Chinese Communism."

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Lauren Rivera for "Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms," American Sociological Review77(6), 2012.

2012 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Claudio Benzecry, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of An Obsession. University of Chicago Press. Honorable Mention to Issac Reed's Interpretation and
Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences
. University of Chicago Press.

Richard A. Peterson Prize for Best Student Paper: Christina Simko, University of Virginia, "Rhetorics of Suffering: September 11 Commemorations as Theodicy." Honorable Mentions to Margaret Frye, "Bright Futures in Malawi’s New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity" and Benjamin H. Snyder "Culture of Vigilance: Rethinking Clock Time and the Self"

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Marion Fourcade, “Cents and Sensibility: Economic Valuation and the Nature of ‘Nature,’” American Journal of Sociology. Honorable Mention to Amin Ghaziani and Delia Baldassarri, “Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences: A Multi-Method Analysis of LGBT Marches on Washington,” American Sociological Review.

2011 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Teresa Gowan, Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. University of Minnesota Press and David Garland, Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition. Harvard University Press.

Richard A. Peterson Prize for Best Student Paper: Avi Astor, "Memory, Community, and Opposition to Mosques: The Case of Badalona." Theory and Society.

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Genevieve Zubrzycki, “History and the National Sensorium: Making Sense of Polish Mythology.” Qualitative Sociology.

2010 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s . Princeton University Press. Honorable Mention to Allison Pugh, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture. University of California Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Iddo Tavory, "Everyday Morality--Street Danger and Moral Density in a Jewish Orthodox Neighborhood"

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Larry Issac, "Movements, Aesthetics, and Markets in Literary Change: Making the American Labor Problem Novel."

2009 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Julian Go, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S. Colonialism. Duke University Press and Brian Steensland, The Failed Welfare Revolution: America's Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy Princeton University Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Anna Paretskaya, The new School, "The Soviet Communist Party and the Other Spirit of Capitalism." Sociological Theory, 28(4): 377-401.

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Espeland, Wendy Nelson & Michael Sauder, "Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds," American Journal of Sociology, 113 (1): 1-40 and Weber, Klaus, Kathryn L. Heinze & Michaela DeSoucey, “Forage for Thought: Mobilizing Codes in the Movement for Grass-fed Meat and Dairy Products," Administrative Science Quarterly, 53 (September): 529-567.

2008 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Julian Go, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S. Colonialism. Duke University Press and Brian Steensland, The Failed Welfare Revolution: America's Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Gabriel Abend, "Two Main Problems in the Sociology of Morality." in Theory and Society, 37(2):87-125

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Espeland, Wendy Nelson & Michael Sauder, "Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds," American Journal of Sociology, 113 (1): 1-40.

2007 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Laura Miller, Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption. University of Chicago Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Hiro Saito, "Reiterated Commemoration: Hiroshima as National Trauma." Sociological Theory, 24(4):353-376.

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Espeland, Wendy Nelson & Michael Sauder, "Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds," American Journal of Sociology, 113 (1): 1-40.

2006 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Eiko Ikegami, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture. Cambridge University Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Jason Matt, “The Cultural pragmatics of Event-ness: The Clinton/Lewinski Affair” and Kim Babon, “Composition: Coherence, and Attachment: The Critical Role of Context in Reception”

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Jeremy Brooke Straughn, “Taking the State at its Word: The arts of Consentful Contention in the German Democratic Republic,” and Jason Kaufman and Orlando Patterson, “Cross-National Cultural Diffusion: The global Spread of Cricket.”

2005 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Eiko Ikegami, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture. Cambridge University Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Gregoire Mallard, "Communities of Interpreters and Their Technical Instruments," American Sociological Review 70:992-1010.

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Nina Eliasoph and Paul Lichterman, "Culture in Interaction" American Journal of Sociology, Volume 108 Number 4 (January 2002): 735-94.

2004 Awards:

Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book: Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: class, race and family life. University of California Press, and Laura Grindstaff, The Money Shot: Trash, Class and the Making of TV Talk Shows. University of Chicago Press.

Suzanne Langer Prize for the Best Student Paper: Virag Molnar, "Cultural Politics and Modernist Architecture: The Tulip Debate in Post-War Hungary."

Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article: Jeffrey C. Alexander, "On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The 'Holocaust' from War Crime to Trauma Drama," European Journal of Sociology, and Patricia Ewick and Susan S. Silbey, "Narrating Social Structure: Stories of Resistance to Legal Authority," American Journal of Sociology