2018

Joonyoung Lee. Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press.

2017

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman. The Color of Love. Racial Features, Stigma and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families. Austin: UT Press

Norbert Wiley Inner Speech and the Dialogical Self, Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2016

2016

Daniel R. Huebner Becoming Mead: The Social Process of Academic Knowledge University of Chicago Press, 2015

2015

Thomas DeGloma Seeing the Light. The Social Process of Personal Discovery. University of Chicago Press, 2014

2014 

Joe Kotarba Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends. Scarecrow Press, 2013

2013 

Nancy Berns for Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What it Costs US. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2012

Michael G. Flaherty for The Textures of Time:  Agency and Temporal Experience. Philadelphia, PA:  Temple University Press. (Reviewed in Symbolic Interaction)

Honourable Mentions:

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler for The Tender Cut:  Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury.  New York:  NYU Press, 2011.

Will C. van den Hoonard for The Seduction of Ethics:  Transforming the Social Sciences.  Toronto, Canada:  University of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

Scott R. Harris for What Is Constructionism?  Navigating Its Use in Sociology.  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publications.

2010

Tammy L. Anderson for Rave Culture: The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (2009)

2009

Carolyn Ellis, Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2009.

2008

Gary Alan Fine, Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

2007

David Altheide, Terrorism and the Politics of Fear. Lanham, MD: AltaMira, 2006.

2006

Adele E. Clarke, Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005.

Joseph E. Davis, Accounts of Innocence: Sexual Abuse, Trauma and Self. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

2005

Jennifer Dunn, Courting Disaster: Intimate Stalking, Culture and Criminal Justice. New York, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 2002.

2004

David Altheide, Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis. New York, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 2002.

2003

Stanford Lyman, Roads to Dystopia: Sociological Essays on the Postmodern Condition. Fayetteville, AS: University of Arkansas Press, 2001.

2002

Richard G. Mitchell, Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

2001

Robert Perinbanayagam, The Presence of Self. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

2000

Clinton R. Sanders, Understanding Dogs: Living and Working with Canine Companions. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1999.

1999

Gary Alan Fine, Morel Tales: The Culture of Mushrooming. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

1998

Laurel Richardson, Fields of Play: Constructing an Academic Life. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

1997

Arnold Arluke and Clinton Sanders, Regarding Animals. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996.

1996

David Karp, Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection and the Meaning of Illness. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996.

1995

Ruth Horowitz, Teen Mothers: Citizens or Dependents? Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

David Goode, A World Without Words: The Social Construction of Children Born Deaf and Blind. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1994.

1994

Donileen Loseke, The Battered Woman and Shelters: The Social Construction of Wife Abuse. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1992.

Special recognition:

Irwin Deutscher, Fred P. Pestello and Frances G. Pestello, Sentiments and Acts. New York, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993.

1993

David Snow and Leon Anderson, Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.

1992

Kathy Charmaz, Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991.

1991

Joel Best, Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern About Child-Victims. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

1990

John P. Hewitt, Dilemmas of the American Self. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1989.

Honourable mention:

Peter K. Manning, Symbolic Communication: Signifying Calls and the Police Response. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1988.

1989

Jack Katz, Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1988.

Honourable mention:

John Van Maanen, Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

1988

Norman Denzin, The Alcoholic Self. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1997.

1987

Patrick Biernacki, Pathways from Heroin Addiction: Recovery Without Treatment. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1986.

Honourable mention:

Patricia A. Adler, Wheeling and Dealing: An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1985.

1986

David Altheide, Media Power. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1985.

1985

Kristen Luker, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984.

1984

Arlie Hochschild, The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1983.

1983

Joseph Gusfield, The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-Driving and the Symbolic Order. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1981.

1981

Peter Conrad and Joseph Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness. St Louis, MO: Mosby, 1980.

1980

Howard S. Becker, for significant contributions to the perspective

1979

Anselm Strauss, Negotiations: Varieties, Contexts, Processes and Social Order. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1978

1978

Ralph Turner, ‘The Real Self: From Institution to Impulse’, American Journal of Sociology, 81(5): 989–1016, 1976.

Ralph Turner, ‘The Role and the Person’, American Journal of Sociology, 84(1): 1–23, 1978.