The Sociological Review

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Edited By: Sarah Green, Mike Michael, Beverley Skeggs and Michael Burawoy

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Online ISSN: 1467-954X

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Prize for Outstanding Scholarship

The Sociological Review is pleased to offer an annual prize to be given to the author/s of the article judged to be the most outstanding published in the journal during the past 12 months. The article may address any issue of sociological interest and may be theoretical, substantive or methodological in focus. It will also reflect The Sociological Review’s longstanding commitment to scholarship that advances our understanding of social life. The prize is £300 worth of Wiley/Blackwell books plus a book token for £250. All nominees for the prize will receive publicity from The Sociological Review and shortlisted papers will be made available for free electronic download for a period of one year after the award in order to encourage dissemination and citation.

The papers will have been published in the previous year’s volume.
All papers are eligible although book reviews and review essays are not. Papers can be sole or multi-authored. The winning paper will be that considered by the judging panel to have made the most outstanding contribution to our understanding of social life.

2014 Prize Winning Article

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship has been awarded to Bryan Turner and Berna Zengin Arslan for their article "Legal pluralism and the Shari’a: a comparison of Greece and Turkey". The article discusses legal pluralism under conditions of globalization, rising human rights legislation and mass migration, making an important in contemporary debates about multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism. Where state-centred theories of law promote the idea that the state has legal domination, views of legal pluralism take as their starting point a sense that law is about creating and maintaining social order; scholarship on legal pluralism therefore serves as a significant critique to the view that the state has monopoly over the law. Through a focus on Shari’a in Greece and Turkey and its formal and informal relationships to national and international law, the article acutely highlights the tensions between legal pluralism and state-centralism. Further, in addressing a timely issue of how sovereign states address legal pluralism, it speaks directly to contemporary processes of legal rationalization.

The panel of judges for this year’s award unanimously selected this article for the prize on the basis of its contribution towards socio-legal scholarship and its thought-provoking critical engagement with modern legal frameworks as sites of sociological enquiry. Further, in line with the journal’s manifesto, Turner and Arslan clearly demonstrate the value of sociological interventions in ongoing social, economic and political transformation.

Legal Pluralism and the Shari'a: a comparison of Greece and Turkey
Bryan A. Turner and Berna Zengin Arslan
Volume 62, Issue 3, August 2014

We would also like to commend the authors of the following articles, which were shortlisted for the prize:
Housing markets performing class: middle-class cultures and market professionals in Chile
Tomás Ariztía
Volume 62, Issue 2, May 2014

Sociology and the European Court of Human Rights
Paul Johnson
Volume 62, Issue 3, August 2014

The individualization of class: a case of working life coaching
Katariina Mäkinen
Volume 62, Issue 4, November 2014

Ethopolitics and the financial citizen
Pathik Pathak
Volume 62, Issue 1, February 2014

2013 Prize Winning Article

Poverty talk: how people experiencing poverty deny their poverty and why they blame “the poor”
Tracy Shildrick and Robert MacDonald
Volume 61, Issue 2, May 2013

Shortlisted articles:
Rethinking empirical approaches to racial segregation
Nisha Kapoor

"Recovery work" and "magic" among long-term mental health service-users
Jennifer Laws

Agency as vulnerability: accounting for children's movement to the streets of Accra
Phillip Mizen and Yaw Ofosu-Kusi

Disgust and distinction: the case of the jellied eel
Alex Rhys-Taylor

Economic embeddedness and materiality in a financial market setting
Philip Roscoe

2012 Prize Winning Article

Vorkuta is the capital of the world': people, place and the everyday production of the local
Hilary Pilkington

Shortlisted articles:
Private equity and the concept of brittle trust
Julie Froud, Sarah Green and Karel Williams

The new “hidden abode”: reflections on value and labour in the new economy
Steffen Böhm, Chris Land

'Nothing comes without its world”: thinking with care
María Puig de la Bellacasa

2011 Prize Winning Article

A ‘good, average man’: calculation and the limits of statistics in enrolling insurance customers
Liz McFall

Shortlisted articles:
Unfolding the social: quasi-actants, virtual theory, and the new empiricism of Bruno Latour
Troels Magelund Krarup and Anders Blok

Retheorising Emile Durkheim on society and religion: embodiment, intoxication and collective life
Chris Shilling and Philip A. Mellor

‘It feels right in my heart’: affective accountability in narratives of attachment
Charlotte Faircloth

2010 Prize Winning Article

Back to the future: Wells, sociology, utopia and method
Ruth Levitas

Shortlisted articles
The Power of Corridors: connecting doors, mobilising material, plotting openness
Rachel Hurdley

Lone motherhood as a category of practice
Vanessa May

Consenting to domination? Theorising power, agency and embodiment with reference to caste
Irene Rafanel, Hugo Gorringe

Firm friends: exploring the supportive components in gay men's workplace friendships
Nick Rumens

Cultural transmission, educational attainment and social mobility
Simon Scherger, Mike Savage