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Distinguished Scholarly Book ASA Major Award

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Award Description

The ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award is presented annually for the ASA member's best single book published in the two calendar years preceding the award year. Any member of the ASA may nominate books for consideration for this award. Nominations should include name of author, title of book, date of publication, publisher, and brief statements (of no more than 300 words) as to why the book should be considered.

Send nominations letters, ten copies of the book to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; fax: (202) 638-0882; e-mail The deadline for nominations for this award is January 31, 2014. Nominations received by the deadline will apply to the award given the following year.

Selection Committee Members

Name Beginning of Term End of Term Position
Randall Collins 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Michael Kimmel 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Member
Mitchell L. Stevens 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Member
Stefan Timmermans 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Chair
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Jerry A. Jacobs 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member
Eleanor Townsley 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member

Recipients of the ASA Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

2013 - Greta R. Krippner, Capitalizing on Crisis: the Political Origins of the Rise of Finance (Harvard University Press). Honorable Mention: David Garland, Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press).

2012 - Frank Dobbin, Investing in Equal Opportunity (Princeton University Press); and Chandra Mukerji, Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) [Princeton University Press]

2011 - Randall Collins, Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory (Princeton University Press); and Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s (Princeton University Press)

2010 - Philip Kasinitz, John H. Mollenkopf, Mary C. Waters, Jennifer Holdaway, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008)

2009 - Steven Epstein, Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

2008 - Robert Courtney Smith, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2006)

2007 - Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism (Routlege, 2005) and Jerome Karabel, The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)

2006 - Edward Telles, Race in Another America:The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil (Princeton University Press, 2004) and Vivek Chibber, Honorable Mention: Locked in Place : State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003)


2005 - Beverly J. Silver, Forces of Labor: Workers' Movements and Globalization since 1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2004 - Mounira M. Charrad, States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001)

2003 - Richard Lachmann, Capitalists in Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and Economic Transitions in Early Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2000)

2002 - Alejandro Portes and Ruben G. Rumbaut, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2001)

2001 - William P. Bridges and Robert L. Nelson, Legalizing Gender Inequality: Courts, Markets, and Unequal Pay for Women in America (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

2000 - Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality (University of California Press, 1998)

1999 - Randal Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 1998)

1998 - John Markoff, Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords and Legislators in the French Revolution (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996) Honorable Mention: Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein, Making Ends Meet (Russell Sage Foundation, 1997); Sharon Hays, The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood (Yale University Press, 1996); Erik Olin Wright, Class Counts (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

1997 - Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality (Routledge, 1995) Honorable Mention: Diane Vaughan, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

1996 - Murray Milner, Jr., Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture (Oxford University Press, 1994)

1995 - Nancy A. Denton and Douglas S. Massey, American Apartheid (Harvard University Press, 1993); and James B. McKee, Sociology and the Race Problem (University of Illinois Press, 1993)

1994 - Mitchell Duneier, Slim's Table (University of Chicago Press, 1992)

1993 - Jack Goldstone, Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World (University of California Press, 1990)

1992 - James S. Coleman, Foundations of Social Theory (Harvard University Press, 1990)

1991 - Andrew Abbott, The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor (University of Chicago Press, 1988)

1990 - John R. Logan and Harvey L. Molotch, Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (University of California Press, 1987) Special Recognition to Kim Scheppele, Legal Secrets: Equality and Efficiency in the Common Law (University of Chicago Press, 1988)

1989 - Charles Tilly, The Contentious French (Harvard University Press, 1986)

1988 - Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power, Volume 1 (Cambridge University Press, 1986)

1987 - Andrew G. Walder, Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry (University of California Press, 1986)

1986 - Aldon D. Morris, Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change (Free Press, 1984); and Lenore J. Weitzman, The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in American (Free Press, 1985)