C. Wright Mills Award
The deadline to nominate books for the 2016 C. Wright Mills Award is December 15, 2016.
Nominations are now open for the 2016 C. Wright Mills Award. Members of the Society are encouraged to nominate books for this prestigious annual award. Self nominations are acceptable. Edited volumes, textbooks, fiction and self-published works are not eligible. Eligible books must be first edition (not a reprint or later edition) and bear a 2016 copyright date.
The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is made annually and carries with it a stipend of $1,000 for the author(s) of the winning book. The deadline for the 2016 award nominations is December 15, 2016. The 2016 award will be presented at the 67th Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 11-13, 2017.
C. Wright Mills wrote in The Power Elite that: “Only when mind has an autonomous basis, independent of power, but powerfully related to it, can mind exert its force in the shaping of human affairs. This is democratically possible only when there exists a free and knowledgeable public, to which [people] of knowledge may address themselves, and to which [people] of power are truly responsible.” Consistent with Mills’ dedication to a search for a sophisticated understanding of the individual and society, the award will be given for that book with a 2016 copyright date that most effectively:
1) critically addresses an issue of contemporary public importance,
2) brings to the topic a fresh, imaginative perspective,
3) advances social scientific understanding of the topic,
4) displays a theoretically informed view and empirical orientation,
5) evinces quality in style of writing,
6) explicitly or implicitly contains implications for courses of action
Review the list of the past winners of the C. Wright Mills Award.
Please submit nominations by completing our online nomination form and mailing books to members of the committee.
The Society for the Study of Social Problems established the C. Wright Mills Award in 1964. The C. Wright Mills Award is one of the most prestigious awards given in the area of social science research. We encourage you to nominate appropriate publications. Please note that eligible books must bear a copyright date that corresponds to the award year (i.e. to be considered for the 2016 award, a book must bear a 2016 copyright date).
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For further information, contact:
Michele Koontz, Administrative Officer & Meeting Manager
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