American Sociological Association

Section on Culture Past Award Recipients

The Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture

2019: Karida Brown, University of California, Los Angeles, Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia. University of North Carolina Press. 2018.

2016: Lauren A. Rivera, How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton University Press. 2015.

2015: Fatma Müge Göçek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009. Oxford University Press. 2014.

2014: Virag Molnar, New School for Social Research, Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State formation in Postwar Central Europe. Routledge. 2013.

2013: Lynette Spillman, Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations. University of Chicago Press. 2012.

2012: Claudio Benzecry, University of Connecticut, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession. University of Chicago Press. 2011.

2011: Teresa Gowan, University of Minnesota, Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. University of Minnesota Press. 2010.

2011: David Garland, New York University, Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition. Harvard University Press. 2010.

2010: Marion Fourcade, University of California, Berkeley, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s. Princeton University Press. 2009.

2010: Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, Parents, Children and Consumer Culture. University of California Press. 2009.

2009: Julian Go, Boston University, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S. Colonialism. Duke University Press. 2008.

2009: Brian Steensland, Indiana University, The Failed Welfare Revolution: America's Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy. Princeton University Press. 2008.

2008: Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University, The Civil Sphere. Oxford University Press. 2006.

2008: George Steinmetz, University of Michigan, The Devil's Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa. University of Chicago Press. 2005.

2007: Laura Miller, Brandeis University, Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption. University of Chicago Press. 2006.

2006: Eiko Ikegami, New School University, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture. Oxford University Press. 2005.

2005: Eva Illouz, University of Jerusalem, Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture. Columbia University Press. 2003.

2005 Honorable Mention: Mario Luis Small, Princeton University, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio. University of Chicago Press. 2004.

2005 Honorable Mention: Tia DeNora, University of Exeter, After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology. Cambridge University Press. 2003.

2004: Annette Lareau, Temple University, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life. University of California Press. 2003.

2004: Laura Grindstaff, University of California, Davis, The Money Shot: Trash, Class and the Making of TV Talk Shows. University of Chicago Press. 2002.

2003: Amy Binder, University of California, San Diego, Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public School. Princeton University Press. 2002.

2002: Wendy Griswold, University of Chicago, Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and the Novel in Nigeria. Princeton University Press. 2000.

2001: Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Swarthmore College, Theorizing the Standoff: Contingency in Action. Cambridge University Press. 2000.

2001: Stnaley Lieberson, Harvard University, A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions, and Culture Change. Oxford University Press. 2000.

2000: Joseph Soares, Yale University, The Decline of Privilege: The Modernization of Oxford University. Stanford University Press. 1999.

2000: Nina Eliasoph, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life. Cambridge University Press. 1998.

1999: Joshua Gamson, Yale University, Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity. University of Chicago Press. 1998.

1999: Wendy Nelson Espeland, Northwestern University, The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality, and Identity in the American Southwest. University of Chicago Press. 1998.

1998: Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego, Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles. Cambridge University Press. 1997.

1997: Sharon Hayes, University of Virginia, The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood. Yale University Press. 1996.

1996: Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation. Rutgers University Press. 1995.

1996: Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University, The Social Meaning of Money: Pin Money, Paychecks, Poor Relief, and Other Currencies. Princeton University Press. 1994.

1995: Michael Mayerfeld Bell, Childerly: Nature and Morality in a Country Village. University of Chicago Press. 1994.

1995: Magali Sarfatti Larson, Behind The Postmodern Facade: Architectural Change in Late Twentieth Century America. University of California Press. 1993.

1994: Gideon Kunda, Tel Aviv University, Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation. Temple University Press. 1992.

1992: Rick Fantasia, Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, and Contemporary American Workers. University of California Press. 1989.

1992: Faye Ginsburg, Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community. University of California Press. 1989.

1990: George M. Thomas, Arizona State University, Revivalism & Cultural Change: Christianity, Nation Building, and the Market in the Nineteenth-Century United States. University of Chicago Press. 1989.

The Section on the Sociology of Culture's Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article

2019: Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, “Scents and sensibility: olfaction, sense-making, and meaning attribution,” American Sociological Review 83(2):361-389. 2018.

2017: Daniel Winchester, Purdue University, "A Hunger for God: Embodied Metaphor as Cultural Cognition in Action,” Social Forces 95(2):585-606. 2016.

2016: Paul Lichterman and Nina Eliasoph, "Civic Action," American Journal of Sociology 120(3):798-863. 2014.

2016: Ruth Braunstein, Brad R. Fulton, and Richard L. Wood, "The Role of Bridging Cultural Practices in Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse Civic Organizations," American Sociological Review 79(4):705-725. 2014.

2015: Matthew Norton, “Classification and Coercion: The Destruction of Piracy in the English Maritime System.” American Journal of Sociology 119(6):1537-1575. 2014.

2014: Iddo Tavory, New School for Social Research, and Nina Eliasoph, University of Southern California, "Coordinating Futures: Toward a Theory of Anticipation," American Journal of Sociology 118(4):908-942. 2013.

2014: Arnout van de Rijt, Eran Shor, Charles Ward, and Steven Skienaa, "Only 15 Minutes? The Social Stratification of Fame in Printed Media," American Sociological Review 78(2):266–289. 2013.

2013: Lauren Rivera, “Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms,” American Sociological Review 77(6):999-1022. 2012.

2012: Marion Fourcade, University of California, Berkeley, “Cents and Sensibility: Economic Valuation and the Nature of ‘Nature,’” American Journal of Sociology 116(6):1721-1777. 2011.

2011: Genevieve Zubrzycki, “History and the National Sensorium: Making Sense of Polish Mythology,” Qualitative Sociology 34(1):21-57. 2011.

2010: Larry Isaac, "Movements, Aesthetics, and Markets in Literary Change: Making the American Labor Problem Novel" American Sociological Review 74(6):938-965. 2009.

2009: Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder, "Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds," American Journal of Sociology 113(1):1-40. 2007.

2009: Klaus Weber, Kathryn L. Heinze, and Michaela DeSoucey, “Forage for Thought: Mobilizing Codes in the Movement for Grass-fed Meat and Dairy Products," Administrative Science Quarterly 53(3):529-567. 2008.

2008: Omar Lizardo, University of Notre Dame, "How Cultural Tastes Shape Personal Networks," American Sociological Review 71(5):778-807. 2006.

2008: Nissim Mizrachi, Tel Aviv University, Israel Drori, College of Management, Rishon Letzion, and Renee R. Anspach, University of Michigan, "Repertoires of Trust: The Practice of Trust in a Multinational Organization amid Political Conflict," American Sociological Review 72(1):143-165. 2007.

2007: Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota, and Ryan King, University at Albany, State University of New York, "Institutionalizing Collective Memories of Hate: Law and Law Enforcement in Germany and the United States," American Journal of Sociology 111(2):579-616. 2005.

2007: Brian Steensland, Indiana University, "Cultural Categories and the American Welfare State: The Case of Guaranteed Income Policy," American Journal of Sociology 111(5):1273-326. 2006.

2006: Jeremy Brooke Straughn, Purdue University, “Taking the State at its Word: The arts of Consentful Contention in the German Democratic Republic,” American Journal of Sociology 110(6):1598-1650. 2005.

2006: Jason Kaufman and Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, “Cross-National Cultural Diffusion: The global Spread of Cricket,” American Sociological Review 70(1):82-110. 2005.

2005: Nina Eliasoph and Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California, "Culture in Interaction," American Journal of Sociology 108(4):735-94. 2002.

2004: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, "On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The 'Holocaust' from War Crime to Trauma Drama," European Journal of Sociology 5(1):5-85. 2002.

2004: Patricia Ewick, Clark University, and Susan S. Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Narrating Social Structure: Stories of Resistance to Legal Authority," American Journal of Sociology 108(6):1328-1372. 2003.

2003: John Foran, University of California-Santa Barbara, and Jean-Pierre Reed, University of Memphis, "Political Cultures of Opposition: Exploring Idioms, Ideologies, and Revolutionary Agency in the Case of Nicaragua," Critical Sociology 28(3):335-370. 2002.

2002: Vincent Roseignio and William Danaher, The Ohio State University, “Media and Mobilization: The Case of Radio and Southern Textile Insurgency, 1929 to 1934,” American Sociological Review 66(1):21-48. 2001.

2002: Marion Fourcase-Gourinchas, Princeton University, “Politics, Institutional Structures, and the Rise of Economics: A Comparative Study,” Theory and Society 30(3):397-447. 2001.

2001: Anne Kane, University of Texas, “Narratives of Nationalism: Construction Irish National Identity During the Land War, 1879-82,” National Identities 2(3):245-264. 2000.

2001: Paul Lichterman, Princeton University, “Talking Identity in the Public Sphere: Broad Visions and Small Spaces in Sexual Identity Politics,” Theory and Society 28(1):101-141. 1999.

2000: Marc Steinberg, Smith College, “The Talk and Back Talk of Collective Action: A Dialogic Analysis of Repertoires of Discourse Among Nineteenth-Century English Cotton Spinners,” American Journal of Sociology 105(3):736-780. 1999.

1999: Orville Lee, Northwestern University, “Culture and Democratic Theory: Toward a Theory of Symbolic Democracy,” Constellations 5(4):433-455. 1998.

1998: Nina Eliasoph, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Making a Fragile Public: A Talk-Centered Study of Citizenship and Power,” Sociological Theory 14(3):262-289. 1996.

1997: Bonnie Erickson, University of Toronto, “Culture, Class and Connections,” American Journal of Sociology 102(1):217-251. 1996.

1997: Margaret Somers, University of Michigan, “The ‘Misteries’ of Property: Relationality, Rural-Industrialization, and Community in Chartist Narratives of Political Rights,” Pp. 62-94 in Early Modern Conceptions of Property. Routledge. 1995.

1996: John W. Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Soldiers, Mothers, Tramps and Others: Discourse Roles in the 1907 New York City Charity Directory," Poetics 22(4):327-357. 1994.

1995: Mabel Berezin, University of Pennsylvania, “Cultural Form and Political Meaning: State Subsidized Theater, Ideology, and the Language of Style in Fascist Italy,” American Journal of Sociology 99(5):1237-1286. 1994.

1995: Jeff Goodwin, New York University, and Mustafa Emibayer, New School for Social Research, “Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency,” American Journal of Sociology 99(6):1411-1454. 1994.

1994: Nicola Beisel, Northwestern University, "Morals Versus Art: Censorship, the Politics of Interpretation, and the Victorian Nude," American Sociological Review 58(2):145-162. 1993. 

1992: William Sewell, University of Chicago, "The Theory of Structure: Duality, Agency, and Transformation," American Journal of Sociology 98(1):1-29. 1992.

1990: Kurt Lang and Gladys Lang, Washington University, "Recognition and Renown: The Survival of Artistic Reputations," American Journal of Sociology 94(1):79-109. 1988.


The Section on the Sociology of Culture's Richard A. Peterson Prize for the Best Student Paper

Changed from the Suzanne Langer award in 2011.

2019: Jacqui Frost, University of Minnesota, "The Meaning of Uncertainty: Navigating States of Certainty and Uncertainty in Nonreligious Narratives”

2019 Honorable Mention: Yağmur Karakaya, University of Minnesota, “The Conquest of Hearts: the Central Role of Ottoman Nostalgia within Contemporary Turkish Populism,” forthcoming in American Journal of Cultural Sociology

2015: Monica C. Bell, “Situational Trust: How Disadvantaged Mothers Reconceive Legal Cynicism,” Law & Society Review 50(2):314-347. 2016.

2014: Hassan El Menyawi, New York University, “The Great Reversal”

2014: Laura K. Nelson, University of California, Berkeley, “Enduring Cultural/Cognitive Structures: Political Logics as Cultural 'Memory'”

2013: Charles Seguin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “The Mathematics of Superstars: Two Theories of Cultural Consumption”

2013: Phillipa K. Chong, University of Toronto, “Legitimate Judgment in Art, The Scientific World Reversed?: Critical Distance in Evaluation,” Social Studies of Science 42(3):265-281. 2013.

2012: Christina Simko, University of Virginia, "Rhetorics of Suffering: September 11 Commemorations as Theodicy," American Sociological Review 77(6):880-902. 2012.

2011: Avi Astor, "Memory, Community, and Opposition to Mosques: The Case of Badalona," Theory and Society 41(4):325–349. 2012.

2010: Iddo Tavory, "Everyday Morality: Street Danger and Moral Density in a Jewish Orthodox Neighborhood"

2009: Anna Paretskaya, New School, "The Soviet Communist Party and the Other Spirit of Capitalism," Sociological Theory 28(4):377-401. 2010.

2008: Gabriel Abend, Northwestern University, "Two Main Problems in the Sociology of Morality," Theory and Society 37(2):87-125. 2008.

2007: Hiro Saito, University of Michigan, "Reiterated Commemoration: Hiroshima as National Trauma," Sociological Theory 24(4):353-376. 2006.

2006: Jason Matt, University of California, Los Angeles, and Visiting Fellow at Yale University, “The Cultural pragmatics of Event-ness: The Clinton/Lewinsky Affair”

2006: Kim Babon, University of Chicago, “Composition: Coherence, and Attachment: The Critical Role of Context in Reception,” Poetics 34(3):151-179. 2006.

2005: Gregoire Mallard, Princeton University, "Communities of Interpreters and Their Technical Instruments"

2004: Virag Molnar, Princeton University, "Cultural Politics and Modernist Architecture: The Tulip Debate in Post-War Hungary," American Sociological Review 70(1):111-135. 2005.

2003: Karen Danna Lynch, Rutgers University, "The Good Mother: Ideologies of Motherhood 1950-1998"

2002: Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Chicago, “We the Polish Nation: Ethnic and Civic Visions of Nationhood in Post-Communist Constitutional Debates,” Theory and Society 30(5):629-668. 2001.

2001: Jamie Mullaney, Rutgers University, “Like A Virgin: Temptation, Resistance, and the Construction of Identities Based on ‘Not Doings,’” Qualitative Sociology 24(1):3-24. 2001.

2001: Shyon Baumann, Harvard University, “Intellectualizing Discourse and Art World Development: The Case of Film in the United States,” American Sociological Review 66(3):404-426. 2001.

2000: Gabriella Fried, University of California, Los Angeles, “On Remembering and Silencing the Past: The Adult Children of the Disappeared of Argentina and Uruguay in Comparative Perspective”

1999: Kari Lerum, University of Washington, Seattle, “Twelve-Step Feminism Makes Sex Workers Sick: How the State and the Recovery Movement Turn Radical Women into ‘Useless Citizens’” Sexuality & Culture 2:7-36. 1998.

1998: Kristen Purcell, Rutgers University, “A League of Their Own: Mental Leveling and the Creation of Social Comparability in Sport,” Sociological Forum 11(3):435-456. 1996.

1997: Wayne Brekhaus, Rutgers University, “Social Marking and the Mental Coloring of Identity: Sexual Identity Construction and Maintenance in the United States,” Sociological Forum 11(3):497-522. 1996.

1996: Ronald N. Jacobs, University of California, Los Angeles, "Civil Society and Crisis: Culture, Discourse, and the Rodney King Beating," American Journal of Sociology 101(5):1238-1272. 1996.

1995: Bethany Bryson, “Anything but Heavy Metal: Identity and Exclusion in Musical Taste,” American Sociological Review 61(5):884-899. 1996.

1995: Stephen Ellingson, "Understanding the Dialectic of Discourse and Collective Action: Public Debate and Rioting in Ante-bellum Cincinnati,” American Journal of Sociology 101(1):100-144. 1995.

1994: Matthew P. Lawson, Princeton University, "Free to Choose: Submission in the Lives of Catholic Charismatics"

1993: Timothy Dowd, Princeton University, "The Song Remains the Same? The Musical Diversity and Industry Context of Number One Songs, 1955-1988"

1992: Christiana Nippert-Eng, State University of New York, Stony Brook

1991: Ann Bowler, New School for Social Research

1990: Ken Dauber, Northwestern University

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