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TASA Prize for Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology







The Sage/TASA Best Paper Award for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) is a biennial 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 in the previous two years of the Journal of Sociology. 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 in even years at the TASA annual conference. The Award is sponsored by Sage. 

Voting Process
The voting process takes place during September – October every two years (even years). Eligible papers include those appearing in the eight issues of JoS (including special editions) published in any two year period (e.g. December 16 – November 18; the final issue in the year of the Award, the 4 issues of the following odd year, and then the first 3 issues in the year of the next Award). Papers authored by members of the JoS EB and Guest Editors of Special Editions published within the two-year time frame of the specific voting year are not eligible to be considered for the Prize.

In the year that the Prize is to be awarded, a selection committee of 12 people is assembled. The Committee comprises all members of the JoS Editorial Board plus 2 self-nominated members from both the JoS Editorial Advisory Board and the JoS International Editorial Board.

Round 1: Each member of the panel reviews 3 papers and ranks them in order from 1 (top) to 3 (bottom).

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 12 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.


2018 Winner 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

2016 Winners 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.

2014 Winner 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 article by clicking on the play arrow icon below:


2012 Winners - Dr Andy Furlong, Professor Johanna Wyn and Dr Dan Woodman


The recipients’ thoughts on winning the 2012 JoS Best Paper can be read in the March 2013 issue of Nexus.

1995 - 2014

  • 2014: Gerard Delanty (2014) “The prospects of cosmopolitanism and the possibility of global justice”, Journal of Sociology. Vol 50 (2): 213-228. View paper.
  • 2012: Andy Furlong, Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn were awarded the 2012 TASA Prize for the Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology for their article, Changing times, changing perspectives: Reconciling ‘transition’ and ‘cultural’ perspectives on youth and young adulthood. Journal of Sociology 2011 47: 355. View paper.
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1999: Marion Collis, 1999, ‘Marital conflict and men’s leisure: how women negotiate male power in a small mining community’, Vol 35, No 1.
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  • 1997: Michael Emmison, 1997, ‘Transformations of Taste: Americanisation, generational change and Australian cultural consumption’, Vol 33, No 3.
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  • 1995: Eric Livingston, 1995, ‘The idiosyncratic specificity of the methods of physical experimentation’, Vol 31, No 3.