C. Wright Mills Award

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The C. Wright Mills Award is a distinction awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Social Problems to the author of the book that "best exemplifies outstanding social science research and a great understanding the individual and society in the tradition of the distinguished sociologist, C. Wright Mills."[1]


Year Name Book Title
1964 David Matza Delinquency and Drift
1965 Robert Boguslaw The New Utopians
1966 Jerome H. Skolnick Justice Without Trial
1967 Co-Winner, Elliot Liebow Tally’s Corner: A Study of Negro Street Corner Men
1967 Co-Winner, Travis Hirschi and Hanan C. Selvin Delinquency Research: An Appraisal of Analytical Methods
1968 Gerald D. Suttles The Social Order of the Slum: Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City
1969 Laud Humphreys Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places
1970 Jacqueline P. Wiseman Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics
1971 Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare
1972 David M. Gordon Theories of Poverty and Underemployment: Orthodox, Radical and Dual Labor Market Perspectives
1973 Co-Winner, James B. Rule Private Lives and Public Surveillance: Social Control in the Computer Age
1973 Co-Winner, Isaac D. Balbus The Dialectics of Legal Repression: Black Rebels before the American Courts
1974 Harry Braverman Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century
1975 Mary O. Furner Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science
1976 Janice E. Perlman The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro
1977 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Men and Women of the Corporation
1978 Walter Korpi The Working Class in Welfare Capitalism: Work, Unions and Politics in Sweden
1979 Theda Skocpol States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China
1980 Michael Lipsky Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services
1981 Judith Lewis Herman Father-Daughter Incest
1982 Paul Starr The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry
1983 Manuel Castells The City and the Grassroots: A Cross-Cultural Theory of Urban Social Movements
1984 Co-Winner, Michael Useem The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K.
1984 Co-Winner, Richard Madsen Morality and Power in a Chinese Village
1985 Viviana Zelizer Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children
1986 Co-Winner, Diana E. H. Russell The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women
1986 Co-Winner, Charles Tilly The Contentious French: Four Centuries of Popular Struggle
1986 Co-Winner, Joyce Rothschild and J. Allen Whitt The Cooperative Workplace: Potentials and Dilemmas of Organizational Democracy and Participation
1987 William J. Wilson The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, The Underclass, and Public Policy
1988 Co-Winner, Iván Szelényi Socialist Entrepreneurs: Embourgeoisement in Rural Hungary
1988 Co-Winner, John R. Sutton Stubborn Children: Controlling Delinquency in the United States, 1640-1981
1989 Co-Winner, Doug McAdam Freedom Summer
1989 Co-Winner, Alan Wolfe Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation
1990 Patricia Hill Collins Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
1991 Sharon Zukin Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World
1992 Roger Lancaster Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua
1993 David Wagner Checkerboard Square: Culture and Resistance in a Homeless Community
1994 Robert Thomas What Machines Can’t Do: Politics and Technology in the Industrial Enterprise
1995 Co-Winner, Philippe Bourgois In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio
1995 Co-Winner, Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality
1996 Steven Epstein Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge
1997 John L. Hagan and Bill McCarthy Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness
1998 Monica J. Casper The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery
1999 Mitchell Duneier Sidewalk
2000 Michèle Lamont The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration
2001 Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence
2002 Co-Winner, Gordon Lafer The Job Training Charade
2002 Co-Winner, David Naguib Pellow Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
2003 Sharon Hays Flat Broke With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
2004 Mario Luis Small Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio
2005 Pun Ngai Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace
2006 Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
2007 Daniel Jaffee Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
2008 Martín Sánchez-Jankowski Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods
2009 Mario Luis Small Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life
2010 Mark Hunter Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa
2011 Shamus Khan[2] Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School
2012 Cybelle Fox[3] Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal
2013 Nancy DiTomaso[4] The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism
2014 Laurence Ralph[5] Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago
2015 Carla Shedd[6] Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice
2016 Roberto G. Gonzales[7] Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America
2017 Claudia G. Cervantes-Soon[8] Juárez Girls Rising: Transformative Education in Times of Dystopia
2018 Ranita Ray[9] The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City
2019 Adia Harvey Wingfield[10] Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy

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  1. ^ "C. Wright Mills Award". Society for the Study of Social Problems. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2011 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org.
  3. ^ "Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2012 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org.
  4. ^ "Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2013 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org.
  5. ^ "Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2014 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org.
  6. ^ "Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2015 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org.
  7. ^ "The Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2016 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  8. ^ "The Society for the Study of Social Problems | 2017 C. Wright Mills Winner". www.sssp1.org. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  9. ^ "The Society for the Study of Social Problems | Past Winners". www.sssp1.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. ^ "The Society for the Study of Social Problems | Past Winners". www.sssp1.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.