2020: Steven Threadgold - Youth, Class and Everyday Struggles
The committee decided to award a Special Commendation for the 2020 round. The special commendation is a way for TASA to recognise the excellence of another book and recommend it to Sociologists. The author awarded a Special Commendation in 2020 was:
Kristine Aquino (2018) Racism and Resistance among the Filipino Diaspora: Everyday Anti-racism in Australia. Routledge.
2018: Natalie Jovanovski – Digesting Femininities. Palgrave Macmillan.
2016: Joel Windle – Making Sense of School Choice: Politics, Policies, and Practice Under Conditions of Cultural Diversity. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.
Special Commendations: 2016 was an exceptional year for the Raewyn Connel Prize and there were 3 books shortlisted that in a regular year would have taken out the prize. One winner was chosen and the committee decided to award two Special Commendations. The special commendation is a way for TASA to recognise the excellence of the other two books and recommend them to Sociologists. The two authors awarded a Special Commendation in 2016 were:
Xiaoying Qi – Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge
Lucy Nicholas – Queer Post Gender Ethics: The Shape of Selves to Come. Palgrave Macmillan.
2014: Shanthi Robertson – Transnational Student-Migrants and the State: The Education-Migration Nexus. Palgrave Macmillan. 2013.
2012: Catherine Robinson – Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived: Syracuse University Press. 2011.
2012: Katie Wright received a special commendation for The Rise of the Therapeutic Society; Psychological Knowledge & the Contradictions of Cultural Change, New Academia, 2011.
2010: Peter Robinson – The Changing World of Gay Men. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2008.
Peter on his book: To collect primary data for The Changing World of Gay Men, I travelled the Hume, Newell, and Western highways and crossed Bass Strait between 2002 and 2005. I did so in order to interview a non-representative sample of 80 gay men from the capital cities of the south east and country towns and districts of New South Wales. The men I interviewed were aged between 20 and 79 and originally signed up to discuss what ageing meant to gay men. Because they revealed so much in their interviews about their life course and the struggle to assert themselves in a world dominated by heterosexual values, I changed my research project to an examination of the lives of three generations of gay men and the varying degree to which sexuality shaped their lives.
To read Peter's full article see Nexus 23_1 2011