Section Awards

2014 Award Winners Announced

2014 Burt Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner: Laura Doering (University of Chicago), "Rethinking Escalation of Commitment: Relational Lending in Microfinance"

Honorable mention: Lindsay Owens (Stanford University), "Should I Stay or Should I Go: A Sociological Analysis of Strategic Default"

2014 Granovetter Best Paper Award

Winners: Patrick Hamm, Lawrence P. King, and David Stuckler, "Mass Privatization, State Capacity, and Economic Growth in Post-Communist Countries," American Sociological Review 77: 295-324, 2012.

Honorable mention: Dan Lainer-Vos (University of Southern California), "The Practical Organization of Moral Transactions: Gift Giving, Market Exchange, Credit, and the Making of Diaspora Bonds," Sociological Theory
31:  145-167, 2013.

Honorable mention: Catherine Turco (MIT), "Decoupling: Employee Resistance to the Commercialization of Personal Settings," American Journal of Sociology 118: 380-419, 2013.

2014 Zelizer Best Book Award

Winner: Ofer Sharone (MIT), *Flawed System, Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences.*  University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Sincere congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to everyone who submitted or nominated economic sociology books, articles and papers!

A special and big thank you to this year's award committee members for their time and careful considerations and deliberations:

Burt Committee: Jennifer Bair (chair), Michelle Hsieh, Hiroshi Ono, Todd Schifeling

Granovetter Committee: Ezra Zuckerman (chair), Steve McDonald, Lauren Rivera, Amy Singer

Zelizer Committee: Greta Krippner (chair), Cheris Chan, Josh Pacewicz, Pat Thornton


2011 Viviana Zelizer Award Winners Announced

The Viviana Zelizer Award Committee, consisting of Martin Ruef (chair), Rene Almeling, and Paul Mclean, is pleased to announce that the winners of this year's prize for best article are Balazs Vedres (Central European University) and David Stark (Columbia). Their paper on ""Structural Folds: Generative Disruption in Overlapping Groups" appeared last year in the American Journal of Sociology.

The Committee also awarded an Honorable Mention to Cheris Chan, University of Hong Kong, for her paper, "Invigorating the Content in Social Embeddedness: An Ethnography of Life Insurance Transactions in China", which appeared in AJS in 2009.

The awards will be made at the Section's Reception on Monday, August 22nd, at 6:00 P.M.

2011 Ronald S Burt Award Winner Announced

The Ronald S. Burt Graduate Paper Award Committee, chaired by Monica Prasad andwith Sandra Smith and Min Zhou as members, has just announced this year'swinners. He is Christopher Yenkey of Cornell University for his paper "BuildingMarkets from Ethnically Fractionalized Networks".

The Committee also granted Honorable Mention to Pablo Gaston, University ofCalifornia-Berkeley, for his paper, "The Industrial Determinants ofOrganizing".

The awards will be made at the Section's Reception on Monday, August 22nd, at6:00 P.M.

Place to be announced.


The Council has unanimously approved the creation of a new award for articles only, beginning in 2011-12. The award will be called the Mark Granovetter Prize in honor of one of the founders of the field.

In the past, the existing Viviana Zelizer Prize rotated year by year between books and articles. In the future, it will be reserved for books only.

Because the current year corresponds to articles, the Zelizer Prize will be given to an article for the last time in 2011. Thereafter, the Section will award both an article and a book prize every year. This will bring us in line with practice in most large ASA sections.


Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award

Best book published in economic sociology over the past two years.

Bankrupt examines formulation, dissemination and adoption of global bankruptcy laws. In the process, it does an exemplary job of examining the ways in which both global and local processes interact to produce variable and unanticipated outcomes.

One portion of the book focuses on the formulation of what eventually become globally accepted legal norms of bankruptcy. Here the emphasis is on showing that the emergence of these global norms is a contested and recursive process that requires substantial intermediation between global and local levels. As this process of intermediation goes through multiple iterations over time, the content and nature of these bankruptcy laws changes. This is no automatic adoption of a dominant U.S. or Western model, and it is not in any simple sense a dissemination of a rationalized global script.

A second portion of the book focuses on the implementation of global bankruptcy law in the wake of the 1997 Asian economic crisis. The authors use Korea, Indonesia and China as case studies to examine how local variations in implementation mea that even when global law is on the books, it can have very different outcomes when inserted into different situations and institutional conditions.

Bankrupt gives us a great deal of insight into the evolution of global bankruptcy law. At a more general level, it provides us with better tools with which to conceptualize the interaction between global and local interests and actors when carrying out any type of broad institutional project.

-- Bob Freeland, Committee chair

Co-winners of the Ronald Burt Outstanding Student Paper Award

On behalf of the Ron Burt Award Committee, comprised of myself, John-Paul Ferguson, and Tim Bartley -- I am pleased to announce the Ron Burt Award for Best Graduate Student Paper in the field of Economic Sociology. We received many outstanding papers this year, but two papers stood out for this committee,and we have designated them co-winners of the award.

The first of these papers by Michaela DeSoucey of Northwestern University appears in a recent issue of the American Sociological Review. This ambitious paper examines what the author calls "gastronationalism" to refer to nations' attempts to enforce exclusive claims to specialty food items such as feta cheese or foie gras in the international marketplace. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis, the paper tracks the prevalence of this phenomenon and explores its micro-dynamics, complexifying the picture of a homogenizing global market by examining an important countertendency. The paper brings to economic sociology an emphasis on meaning making in markets,and a view of market processes as deeply integrated with processes of state formation. The committee admired the paper especially for its originality and creativity -- I guarantee it's unlike any other paper you will read in the ASR this year. Our congratulations to Michaela.

Our second winning paper by Min Zhou of Harvard University has recently been published in Social Forces. Min's paper also deals with processes associated with globalization, attempting to adjudicate between competing understandings of the growth of global trade in the postwar period. Min's counterintuitive finding is that as global trade has increased, the factors that have traditionally depressed trade flows such as geographic distance, political difference, and cultural dissimilarity have not diminished in importance, and in some cases have actually intensified in their effects. The result, Min observes, is a global trading system that is highly fragmented along geographic and cultural lines. From a very different theoretical and methodological orientation, then, this paper complements Michaela's paper in challenging an overly homogenized view of global markets. The committee admired the paper for its conceptual clarity, methodological rigor, and comprehensive treatment of a complex issue. Congratulations, Min!

-- Greta Krippner, Committee chair