SAGE Prize for Innovation/Excellence - Winners Archive

2023 Winners


Cultural Sociology

Sociological Research Online

Work, Employment & Society

Joint winners:

2022 Winners


Cultural Sociology

Sociological Research Online

Work, Employment and Society

2021 Winners


Cultural Sociology

Sociological Research Online

Work, Employment and Society

2020 Winners


Cultural Sociology

Sociological Research Online

Work, Employment and Society

2019 Winners

Nira Yuval-Davis, Georgie Wemyss, Kathryn Cassidy, Everyday Bordering, Belonging and the Reorientation of British Immigration Legislation, 52(2), 228

Sociological Research Online
Rosalind Gill, Shani Orgad, The Amazing Bounce-Backable Woman: Resilience and the Psychological Turn in Neoliberalism

Cultural Sociology
Varvara Kobyscha, How Does an Aesthetic Object Happen? Emergence, Disappearance, Multiplicity

Work, Employment and Society
Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw, Arjan Keizer, Mathew Johnson, Challenges and Contradictions in the ‘Normalising’ of Precarious Work, 32(3), 509    

2018 Winners

Diane Richardson
Rethinking Sexual Citizenship, 51(2), 208

Sociological Research Online
Paul Chappell, Mike Tse, Minhao Zhang, Susan Moore
Using GPS Geo-tagged Social Media Data and Geodemographics to Investigate Social Differences: A Twitter Pilot Study, First Published September 19, 2017; pp. 38-56

Cultural Sociology
Nick Stevenson
E.P. Thompson and Cultural Sociology: Questions of Poetics, Capitalism and the Commons, 2017, Vol. 11(1): 11-27

Work, Employment and Society
Jason Hughes, Ruth Simpson, Natasha Slutskaya, Alex Simpson and Kahryn Hughes
Beyond the symbolic: a relational approach to dirty work through a study of refuse collectors and street cleaners, 31(1), 106      

2017 Winners

Lucy Mayblin, Aneta Piekut, and Gill Valentine
'Other' Posts in 'Other' Places: Poland through a Postcolonial Lens?, 50(1), 60

Sociological Research Online
Dawn Lyon
Doing Audio-Visual Montage to Explore Time and Space: The Everyday Rhythms of Billingsgate Fish Market

Cultural Sociology
Ori Schwarz
The Sociology of Fancy-Schmancy: The Notion of ‘Farterism’ and Cultural Evaluation Under the Regime of Radical Suspicion, 10(2) 141

Work, employment and society
Pierre Barron, Anne Bory, Sébastien Chauvin, Nicolas Jounin and Lucie Tourette
State categories and labour protest: migrant workers and the fight for legal status in France, 30(4), 631

2016 Winners

Cate Watson
A Sociologist Walks into a Bar (and Other Academic Challenges): Towards a Methodology of Humour, 49.3: 407

Sociological Research Online
Rachel O'Neill
The work of seduction: intimacy and subjectivity in the London seduction community, 20 (4), 5  

Cultural Sociology
Nick Crossley and Wendy Bottero
Music Worlds and Internal Goods: The Role of Convention, 9 (1), 38

Work, employment and society
Sarah Swider
Building China: precarious employment among migrant construction workers, 29:1: 41

The 2015 Prize

Julia Nast and Talja Blokland
Social Mix Revisited: Neighbourhood Institutions as Setting for Boundary Work and Social Capital, 48.3: 482

Sociological Research Online
Alice Mah
The Dereliction Tourist: Ethical Issues of Conducting Research in Areas of Industrial Ruination, 19.4

Cultural Sociology
Esperança Bielsa
Cosmopolitanism as Translation, 8.4: 392

Work, employment and society
Andrew Brown
Critical realism in social research: approach with caution; and 

Steve Fleetwood
Critical realism and systematic dialectics: a reply to Andrew Brown, 28.1: 112

Martin Krzywdzinski
Do investors avoid strong trade unions and labour regulation? Social dumping in the European automotive and chemical industries, 28.6: 926

The 2014 Prize

Cultural Sociology
Fernando Dominguez Rubio and Elizabeth B. Silva
Materials in the Field: Object-trajectories and Object-positions in the Field of Contemporary Art, 7.2: 161

Sociological Research Online
Paul Jones
Picturing Urban Regeneration: A Study of Photographers in Liverpool, UK, 18.3

Susan Halford, Catherine Pope & Mark Weal
Digital Futures? Sociological Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergent Semantic Web

Work, Employment and Society
Michael Burawoy
Ethnographic fallacies: reflections on labour studies in the era of market, 27.3: 526

The 2013 Prize

Cultural Sociology
Matthias Gross
'Objective Culture' and the Development of Nonknowledge: Georg Simmel and the Reverse Side of Knowing
Cultural Sociology, 6.4: 422

Michael Burawoy
The Roots of Domination: Beyond Bourdieu and Gramsci
Sociology, 46.2: 187

Stephen Kemp
Evaluating Interests in Social Science: Beyond Objectivist Evaluation and the Non-judgemental Stance
Sociology, 46.4: 664

Sociological Research Online
Sumi Hollingworth & Ayo Mansaray
Conviviality under the Cosmopolitan Canopy? Social Mixing and Friendships in an Urban Secondary School 
Sociological Research Online, 17.3

Work, employment & society
Philippe Askenazy, Jean-Baptiste Berry, Francoise Carré, Sophie Prunier-Poulmaire & Chris Tilly
Working in large food retailers in France and the USA: The key role of institutions
Work, employment & society, 26.4: 588

The 2012 Prize

Cultural Sociology
Andrew Smith
'Concrete Freedom': C.L.R. James on Culture and Black Politics
Cultural Sociology, 5.4: 479-99

Sociological Research Online
Maria Pérez-y-Pérez and Tony Stanley
Ethnographic Intimacy: Thinking Through the Ethics of Social Research in Sex Worlds
Sociological Research Online, 16.2

Carol Smart
Families, Secrets and Memories
Sociology, 45: 539-53

Henry Yeomans
What Did the British Temperance Movement Accomplish? Attitudes to Alcohol, the Law and Moral Regulation
Sociology, 45: 38-53

Work, employment and society
Clare Lyonette, Gayle Kaufman and Rosemary Crompton
'We both need to work': maternal employment, childcare and health care in Britain and the USA
Work, employment and society, 25: 34-50

The 2011 Prize

Cultural Sociology
Jeremy Tanner
Michael Baxandall and the Sociological Interpretation of Art
Cultural Sociology, 4: 231-256

Sociological Research Online
Will Atkinson
Class, Individualisation and Perceived (Dis)advantages: not Either/Or but Both/And?
Sociological Research Online, 15.4

Simon Weaver
The 'Other' Laughs Back: Humour and Resistance in Anti-racist Comedy
Sociology, 44: 31-48

Work, Employment and Society
Rosemary Crompton
Class and Employment
Work, Employment and Society, 24: 9-26

The 2010 Prize

Cultural Sociology
Lisa McCormick
Higher, Faster, Louder: Representations of the International Music Competition
Cultural Sociology, 3: 5

Sociological Research Online
John S. McKenzie 
'You don’t know how lucky you are to be here!':  Reflections on Covert Practices in an Overt Participant Observation Study
Sociological Research Online, 14.2/3
*The judges would like to note that all the papers were very strong and that the paper by Jason Lim and Kath Browne 'Senses of Gender' was a very strong candidate as well.

Muriel Darmon
The Fifth Element: Social Class and the Sociology of Anorexia
Sociology, 43: 717

Work, Employment and Society
John Hockey 
'Switch on': sensory work in the infantry
Work, employment and society, 23: 477

The 2009 Prize

For Sociological Research Online
Using a Head-mounted Video Camera to Understand Social Worlds and Experiences
by Katrina Myrvang Brown, Rachel Dilley and Keith Marshall
Sociological Research Online, Volume 13, No. 6.
This article is available free to individual subscribers here.

For Work, Employment and Society
Jointly awarded to:
Care strategies among high- and low-skilled mothers: A world of difference?*
by Maja Debacker 
Work Employment and Society, Volume 22, No. 3, pp. 527-545.
Preference or constraint? Part time workers' transitions in Denmark, France and the United Kingdom*
by Vanessa Gash 
Work Employment and Society, Volume 22, No. 4, pp. 655-674.
For Sociology
Facing Violence: Everyday Risks in an American Housing Project*
by Talja Blokland
Sociology, Volume 42, No. 4, pp. 601-617.

For Cultural Sociology
Why Salem Made Sense: Culture, Gender, and the Puritan Persecution of Witchcraft*
by Isaac Reed, University of Colorado at Boulder
Cultural Sociology, Volume 1, No. 2, pp. 209-234.

*This article is available free online to BSA members through the Members Area of the BSA website - please login above.