ASA Award Nominations

Honor our colleague’s achievements to the entire association and discipline and consider nominating someone for an ASA Award.

The following is a list of ASA awards and a link to the nomination call:

Learn more about ASA’s Awards at www.asanet.org/awards.

Congrats to Yuen Yuen Ang, 2018 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology

Congrats to OOW member, Yuen Yuen Ang, who recently received the 2018 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology!

Award Announcement: In How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, Yuen Yuen Ang offers a bold and innovative framework for understanding economic development, one that challenges current wisdom from modernization and institutionalist perspectives.  The later, she argues, are simply too linear, top-down and errantly predicated on inductive modelling from Western contexts that make little sense for the global south.  She founds her alternative in complexity theory; envisioning economic development as a recursive and dynamic process in which state and markets co-evolve through innovation that cannot be prescribed.  Ang both theorizes and demonstrates how this process is bootstrapped using weak institutions at all levels of governance.  Developmental paths are formed through what she terms directed improvisation, the process by which the state sets some clear makers for policy makers at lower levels, but otherwise provides incentives and support to use local knowledge and experimentation.  This allows for necessary variation across the economic landscape and in different industries, the capacity for bureaucrats and entrepreneurs to select novel combinations of strategies, and the pursuit of niche economies that provide for virtuous growth cycles with ramifications for the larger economy.  In a series of richly detailed case studies Ang demonstrates how success was nurtured when goals were initially narrow and institutional transformation broad but gradual, when bureaucrats at all levels were incentivized to become entrepreneurial stakeholders, and when the boogie of corruption is harnessed to build momentum.  She carefully analyzes these dynamics at the macro-, meso- and micro-levels.  Through these case studies Ang additionally examines how the unleashing first of the coastal economies provided for cascading effects on their inland counterparts.  She is also sensitive to how this co-evolutionary process produces systemic problems with respect to the environment and inequality.  To add depth through comparison she also applies her model to disparate cases such as medieval Europe, the antebellum post-depression United States and Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry.  How China Escaped the Poverty Trap truly offers game-changing ideas for the analysis and implementation of socio-economic development and should have a major impact across many social sciences.

SocArXiv announces April 30 deadline for SOAR awards

Submitted a paper for an ASA section award? Post it to SocArXiv.org by April 30 to be eligible for a SOAR (Sociology Open Access Recognition) award as well. All shared papers that win an ASA section award will, upon notifying SocArXiv, receive a $250 SOAR award in recognition of the achievement. Submissions for graduate student award competitions are also eligible. Support open access and get the word out about your research by sharing your work on SocArXiv today. For more information about the SOAR program and how to your paper, visit socopen.org, or contact socarxiv@gmail.com.

The Working-Class Studies Association Seeking Nominations for Awards

The WCSA is pleased to invite nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2017.

Award categories are:

  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
  • Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
  • Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only

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OOW Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s OOW Award Winners!

Max Weber Award: The Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship is granted for an outstanding contribution to scholarship on organizations, occupations, and/or work in a book published within the last three years (2013-2015).

Winner: Lauren Rivera (Northwestern) for her book Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

Committee: Kate Kellogg (Chair), Mike Lounsbury, Martin Ruef, Vicki Smith 


Thompson Award: The James D. Thompson Award is given for an outstanding graduate student paper on organizations, occupations, and work written in the three years prior to the award (January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015).

Winner: Benjamin Shestakofsky (UC, Berkeley) “High-Tech and High-Touch: The Labor Behind the Screens of an Online Market.”
Honorable mention: Patrick Reilly (UCLA) “The Layers of a Clown: Career Development in Cultural Production Industries.”

Committee: Michel Anteby (chair), David Pedulla, Pam Tolbert


Scott Award: The W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship is granted for an outstanding contribution to the discipline in an article on organizations, occupations and work published within the last three years (January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015).

Winner: DiBenigno, J., and Kellogg, Katherine C. (MIT) “Beyond occupational differences the importance of cross-cutting demographics and dyadic toolkits for collaboration in a US hospital.” Administrative Science Quarterly.
Honorable mention: Mears, Ashley (Boston University) “Working for Free in the VIP Relational Work and the Production of Consent.” American Sociological Review.

Committee: Lisa Cohen (Chair), Emily Erikson, Andras Tilcsik 

Call for Nominations: 2016 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award

The Association for Humanist Sociology is pleased to announce their 2016 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award. Authors, publishers, and AHS members may nominate books for consideration. The winner will be recognized at the annual meeting November 2-6, 2016 in Denver, CO. Nominations should be for Sociology or interdisciplinary social science books that approach their subjects from a humanist perspective.

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