Anne NassauerSituational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and Other Surprising Outcomes. Oxford University Press.


Eviatar Zerubavel, Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Howard S. Becker, for significant contributions to the perspective


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