C. Wright Mills Award

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The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964 by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. [1]

Winners [2]

  • 2008 - Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods, University of California Press
  • 2007 - Daniel Jaffee, Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, University of California Press
  • 2006 - Sudhir A. Venkatesh, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Harvard University Press
  • 2005 - Pun Ngai, Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace, Duke University Press
  • 2004 - Mario Luis Small, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio, University of Chicago Press
  • 2003 - Sharon Hays, Flat Broke With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, Oxford University Press
  • 2002 - Co-Winner, Gordon Lafer, The Job Training Charade, Cornell University Press; Co-Winner, David N. Pellow, Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago, MIT Press
  • 2001 - Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence, University of California Press
  • 2000 - Michele Lamont, The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration, Harvard University Press
  • 1999 - Mitchell Duneier, Sidewalk, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • 1998 - Monica J Casper, The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, Rutgers University Press
  • 1997 - John Hagan and Bill McCarthy, Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness, Cambridge University Press
  • 1996 - Steven Epstein, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge, University of California Press
  • 1995 - Co-Winner, Philippe Bourgois, In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, Cambridge University Press; Co-Winner, Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, Routledge
  • 1994 - Robert Thomas, What Machines Can’t Do: Politics and Technology in the Industrial Enterprise, University of California Press
  • 1993 - David Wagner, Checkerboard Square, Westview Press
  • 1992 - Roger Lancaster, Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua, University of California Press
  • 1991 - Sharon Zukin, Landscapes of Power, University of California Press
  • 1990 - Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought, Routledge
  • 1989 - Co-Winner, Douglas McAdam, Freedom Summer, Oxford University Press; Co-Winner, Alan Wolfe, Whose Keeper?, University of California Press
  • 1988 - Co-Winner, Ivan Szeleny, Socialist Entrepreneurs, Wisconsin University Press; Co-Winner, John Sutton, Stubborn Children, University of California Press
  • 1987 - William J. Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, The Underclass, and Public Policy, University of Chicago Press
  • 1986 - Co-Winner, Diana E. H. Russell, The Secret Trauma, Basic Books, Inc. Publishers; Co-Winner, Charles Tilly, The Contentious French, Harvard University Press; Co-Winner, Joyce Rothschild and J. Allen Whitt, The Cooperative Workplace: Potentials and Dilemmas of Organizational Democracy and Participation, Cambridge University Press
  • 1985 - Viviana A. Zelizer, Pricing the Priceless Child, Princeton University Press
  • 1984 - Co-Winner, Michael Useem, The Inner Circle, Oxford University Press; Co-Winner, Richard Madsen, Morality and Power in a Chinese Village, University of California Press
  • 1983 - Manuel Castello, The City and the Grassroots, University of California Press
  • 1982 - Paul Starr, The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Basic Books, Inc. Publishers
  • 1981 - Judith Lewis Herman, Father-Daughter Incest, Harvard University Press
  • 1980 - Michael Lipsky, Street Level Bureaucracy, Russell Sage Foundation
  • 1979 - Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions, Cambridge University Press
  • 1978 - Walter Korpi, The Working Class in Welfare Capitalism, Routledge and Kegan Paul
  • 1977 - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Men and Women of the Corporation, Basic Books, Inc. Publishers
  • 1976 - Janice E. Perlman, The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics, University of California Press
  • 1975 - Mary O. Furner, Advocacy and Objectivity, The University Press of Kentucky
  • 1974 - Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press
  • 1973 - Co-Winner, James B Rule, Private Lives and Public Surveillance: Social Control in the Computer Age, Allen Lane

Co-Winner, Isaac D. Balbus, The Dialectics of Legal Repression: Black Rebels before the American Courts, Russell Sage Foundation

  • 1972 - David M. Gordon, Theories of Poverty and Underemployment: Orthodox, Radical and Dual Labor Market Perspectives, DC Heath and Company
  • 1971 - Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare, Vintage Books
  • 1970 - Jacqueline P Wiseman, Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics, Prentice-Hall
  • 1969 - Laud Humphreys, Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places, Aldine Publishing Company
  • 1968 - Gerald D. Suttles, The Social Order of the Slum, University of Chicago Press
  • 1967 - Co-Winner, Elliot Liebow, Tally’s Corner: A Study of Negro Street Corner Men, Little Brown; Co-Winner, Travis Hirschi and Hanan C. Selvin, Delinquency Research: An Appraisal of Analytical Methods, The Free Press
  • 1966 - [[Jerome H. Skolnick, Justice Without Trial, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • 1965 - Robert Boguslaw, The New Utopians, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • 1964 - David Matza, Delinquency and Drift, Transactions Publishers, University of California Press

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  1. 2009 C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, accessed September 21, 2009.
  2. Winners of the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, accessed September 21, 2009.