American Sociological Association

Section on Community and Urban Sociology

Robert E. Park Award for Best Book

This award was first given in 1987 in honor of Robert E. Park's contributions to urban sociology.

Previous repients of the Robert E. Park award are shown below.

2016    Javier Auyero and María Fernanda Berti, In Harm’s Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence
2015    Patrick Sharkey    Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality
2014    Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, Rutgers University   Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City
2014    Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson & David N. Kinsey  Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb
2013    Robert Sampson, Harvard University   Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect
2012    Li Zhang, Virginia Commonwealth University   In search of paradise: middle-class living in a Chinese metropolis
2010   Javier Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun, University of Texas   Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown 2009    Miriam Greenberg, University of California-Santa Cruz   Branding New York: How a City in Crisis Was Sold to the World
2008    Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University   Black on the Block
2007    Robert Smith, Baruch College   Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants
2006   Chris Rhomberg, Yale University    No There There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland
2005   Mario Small, University of Chicago   Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio
2005   Terry Clark, University of Chicago   The City as an Entertainment Machine
Honorable Mentions:
2005    Andrew Wiese, Princeton University   Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century
2005    Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf and Mary Waters, eds.   Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation
2004    Sonya Salamon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign   Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland 
2003    Eric Klinenberg, New York University   Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
2002    Susan Eckstein, Boston University    Community as Gift-Giving: Collective Roots of Volunteerism
2001    Cynthia M. Duncan, Ford Foundation    Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America
1999    Jan Lin, Occidental College    Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclaves, Global Change
1998    Roger Waldinger, University of California-Los Angeles   Still the Promised City? African-Americans and New Immigrants in Postindustrial New York
1997    Camilo Jose Vergara, Photographer and Sociologist   The New American Ghetto
1996    John Horton, University of California-Los Angeles   The Politics of Diversity: Immigration, Resistance and Change in Monterey Park California
1995     Alejandro Portes, Johns Hopkins University & Alex Stepick, Florida International University    City on the Edge
1994    Richard Maddox, Carnegie-Mellon University    El Castillo: The Politics of Tradition in an Andalusian Town
1993    John Walton, University of California- Los Angeles    Western Times and Water Wars: State, Culture, and Rebellion in California
1992    Martin Sanchez Jankowski, University of California-Berkeley    Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Society
1991    Elijah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania   StreetWise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community
1990    Theodore Bestor, Columbia University   Neighborhood Tokyo
1989    Steven P. Erie, University of California-San Diego   Rainbow's End: Irish Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 1840-1985
1989    Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida   Fisher Folk, Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay
1988    Harvey Molotch, University of California-Santa Barbara & John Logan, State University of New York-Albany   Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place
1987    Jonathan Rieder, Yale University   Canarsie: The Jews and the Italians of Brooklyn Against Liberalism
1987   Victoria Steinitz & Ellen Solomon   Starting Out: Class & Community in the Lives of Working-Class Youth