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Best Paper in Journal of Sociology

The Sage/TASA Best Paper Award for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) is an annual process that uses academic peer review to select papers of outstanding quality published in JoS. The prize is awarded to the paper judged by the panel to be the best published during a 12 month period for the Journal of Sociology. For the 2019 Award, papers being assessed will be from the final issue of 2018 and the first 3 issues of 2019. Note, special issue papers will be considered but symposia or parts of symposia, replies or rejoinders, notes and book reviews (but not review essays) are excluded from consideration.

The JoS BP Award is presented every year at the TASA annual conference (prior to 2018, this was a biennial award). The Award is sponsored by Sage. 

Voting Process
The voting process takes place during September – October every year.

Round 1: Each member of the panel reviews their allocated papers and ranks them in order with a ranking of ‘1’ being their top choice.

Round 2: The EIC and two self-nominated members of the JoS EB review the papers ranked with a ‘1’ and choose 4 top papers from this batch.

Round 3: All members of the selection committee review the 4 papers and place them in ranked order from 1 – 3, providing brief comments to support their decision.

From the voting in Round 3 a winner is picked and the decision of the selection committee communicated to the TASA Executive for ratification. The winner of the prize is notified and the result publicly announced at the annual TASA conference dinner.


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Prize
Prize
The recipient of this award receives:

1. A complimentary registration for the TASA Annual Conference and dinner, where the award will be presented
2. A trophy
3. A TASA ‘Best Paper in JoS’ certificate
4. A listing on the JoS Best Paper Prize TASAweb page
5. Travel funding



 

Recipients



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2020: Joanna Kidman
2020: Joanna Kidman
Kidman J. Whither decolonisation? Indigenous scholars and the problem of inclusion in the neoliberal universit. Journal of Sociology. 2020;56(2):247-262. doi:10.1177/1440783319835958
 

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2019: Anna Anderson
2019: Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson - Anderson, A. (2019). Parrhesia: Accounting for different contemporary relations between risk and politics. Journal of Sociology, 55(3), 495–510. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783319829245

 
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2018: Michelle Peterie
2018: Michelle Peterie
 

Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate.


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2016: Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack
2016: Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack
Roach Anleu, Sharyn and Kathy Mack (2015) ‘Performing Authority: Communicating Judicial Decisions in Lower Criminal Courts’ 51(4) Journal of Sociology 1052-1069.

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2014: Gerard Delanty
2014: Gerard Delanty

Gerard Delanty (2013) The prospects of cosmopolitanism and the possibility of global justice, The Journal of Sociology. 

You can listen to Gerard’s podcast about his winning article by clicking on the 'play' icon below:



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2012: Dr Andy Furlong, Professor Johanna Wyn and Dr Dan Woodman
2012: Dr Andy Furlong, Professor Johanna Wyn and Dr Dan Woodman
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The recipients’ thoughts on winning the 2012 JoS Best Paper can be read in Nexus 25_1 2013.

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1995-2010
1995-2010
 
  • 2010: Brad West was awarded the TASA Prize for the Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology for his article titled: Collective memory and crisis: the 2002 Bali bombing, national heroic archetypes and the counter-narrative of cosmopolitan nationalism
  • 2008: Amanda Hosking and Mark Western (2008) “The effects of non-standard employment on work—family conflict” Journal of Sociology 44 (1) 5-27
  • 2006: Timothy Phillips and Philip Smith (2004) “Emotional and behavioral responses to everyday incivility: challenging the fear/avoidance paradigm” Journal of Sociology 40 (4): 378-399
  • 2003: Ian Woodward 2003, ‘Divergent Narratives in the Imagining of the Home amongst Middle-Class Consumers: Aesthetics, Comfort and the Symbolic Boundaries of Self and Home’, Journal of Sociology, 39, 4, 391-412. 
  • 2001: Philip Smith and Tim Phillips 2001, ‘Popular understandings of “unAustralian”: an investigation of the un-national’, Journal of Sociology, 37, 4, December, 323-339.
  • 1999: Marion Collis, 1999, ‘Marital conflict and men’s leisure: how women negotiate male power in a small mining community’, Vol 35, No 1.
  • 1997: Michael Emmison, 1997, ‘Transformations of Taste: Americanisation, generational change and Australian cultural consumption’, Vol 33, No 3.
  • 1995: Eric Livingston, 1995, ‘The idiosyncratic specificity of the methods of physical experimentation’, Vol 31, No 3.


 



From left, Andy Bennett (JoS Eic), Johanna Wyn & Dan Woodman (two of the 2012 JoS Best Paper recipients)


Awards, Prizes & Funding