American Sociological Association

Sociology of Culture Award Recipient History

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

2020: Orly Clergé, The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019

2020: Roi Livne, Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2019.

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

2018: Clayton Childress, University of Toronto, Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel. Princeton University Press, 2017. 

2018: Bin Xu, Emory University, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China. Stanford University Press, 2017.

2017: Michaela DeSoucey, North Carolina Sate University, Contested Tastes. Foie Gras and the Politics of Food. Princeton University Press, 2017.

2017: Nicole Gonzalez van Cleve, Brown University, Crook County. Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court. Stanford University Press, 2016.

2016: Lauren A. Rivera, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton University Press. 2015.

2016 Honorable Mention: Ellen Berrey, University of Denver, The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice, University of Chicago Press, 2015

2016 Honorable Mention: Christina Simko, Williams College, The Politics of Consolation: Memory and the Meaning of September 11, Oxford University Press, 2015

2015: Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan, 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, University of Notre Dame, 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, Longing and Belonging: 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: Stanley 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 Hays, 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, Iowa State University, Childerly: Nature and Morality in a Country Village. University of Chicago Press. 1994.

1995: Magali Sarfatti Larson, Temple University, 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, Smith College, Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, and Contemporary American Workers. University of California Press. 1989.

1992: Faye Ginsburg, New York University, 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

2020: Tim Hallett, Orla Stapleton, and Michael Sauder. "Public ideas: Their varieties and careers." American Sociological Review 84, no. 3: 545-576. 2019.

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

2018: Paul Joosse, University of Hong Kong, "Max Weber's Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy." Sociological Theory 35(4): 334-358.

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, University of Southern California, "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, University of Oregon,  “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, Stonybrook University, Eran Shor, McGill University, Charles Ward, Google, Inc, and Steven Skienaa, Stonybrook University, "Only 15 Minutes? The Social Stratification of Fame in Printed Media," American Sociological Review 78(2):266–289. 2013.

2013: Lauren Rivera, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, “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, University of Michigan, “History and the National Sensorium: Making Sense of Polish Mythology,” Qualitative Sociology 34(1):21-57. 2011.

2010: Larry Isaac, Vanderbilt University, "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, Northwestern University, and Michael Sauder, University of Iowa, "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.

2020: Lindsay J. DePalma, University of California, San Diego, “The Passion Paradigm: Professional Adherence to and Consequences of the Ideology of ‘Do What You Love.’”

2020 Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Swindle, University of Michigan, “Pathways of Global Cultural Diffusion: Media and Attitudes about Violence against Women.”

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

2018: Anya Degenshein, Northwestern University “Strategies of Valuation: Repertoires of Worth at the Financial Margins”

2018 Honorable Mention: Lily Liang,  Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison “No Room for Respectability: Boundary Work in Interaction at a Shanghai Rental”

2018 Honorable Mention: Talia Shiff,  Northwestern University “Evaluating the Case: Encounters of Schematic Accordance and Discordance in Asylum Adjudications.”

2017: Matthew Clair, Harvard University, “Resources, Navigation, and Punishment in the Criminal Courts”

2017 Honorable Mention: Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker, Duke University, “Cultural Sentiments and Schema-Consistency Bias in Information Transmission”

2016: Holly Campeau, University of Toronto, "'The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Blueville Way':  How Cultural Match Matters for Standardization in the Police Organization."

2016: Hannah Wohl, Northwestern University, "Community Sense: The Cohesive Power of Aesthetic Judgment"

2015: Monica C. Bell, Harvard University, “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, University of Michigan, "Memory, Community, and Opposition to Mosques: The Case of Badalona," Theory and Society 41(4):325–349. 2012.

2010: Iddo Tavory, University of California, Los Angeles, "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, Princeton University, “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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