Alan Wolfe Award Statement
Alan Wolfe is perhaps sociology’s premier public intellectual: our ambassador to politically and culturally engaged readers. His writings transcend narrow partisan labels: he is simultaneously progressive, sympathetic, caustic, moral, and traditional. Wolfe’s most recent book, One Nation, After All (1998), is an exemplar of a morally informed, empirically grounded analysis of American politics, middle-class attitudes and beliefs. His book, Whose Keeper? (1989) won the C. Wright Mills Award from Society for the Study of Social Problems. His article “Mind, Self, Society, and Computers” won the ASA Theory Section prize, and was reprised in his creative book, The Human Difference: Animals, Computers and the Necessity of Social Science. Wolfe’s articles, essays, and reviews in numerous influential journals and magazines, such as the New Republic, are filled with sparkling insight, progressive but balanced, sympathetic to all but rigorously critical. In reaching a broad audience, Wolfe is able to convey the essence of the sociological perspective on politics, culture, morality, race, and religion.