We are delighted to announce that The Sociological Review award for Outstanding Scholarship 2016 has been awarded to Val Gillies, Rosalind Edwards, Nicola Horsley for their article ‘Brave New Brains: Sociology, Family and the Politics of Knowledge’.
This is an important paper with lessons for both the discipline of sociology and for how we conceptualise the social. The paper calls for a critical re-examination of the assumptions and politics that underpin calls for sociologists to connect with the life sciences. Using the example of parent and early years intervention, the paper draws attention to how the language of biology becomes the language of policy and ‘social problems’ that reinforce normative understandings of race, class and gender and supports the political status quo.
The editorial board reviewers commended the paper for its originality, lively writing style and for the crucial questions it raises. The paper is an example of kind of boundary-pushing scholarship that we wish to advance through the Sociological Review and we are delighted to award the authors this prize.
We would also like to congratulate the following short-listed articles:
- Exploring micro-sociality through the lens of ‘established-outsider’ figurational dynamics in a South Wales community by Rachel Swann and Gordon Hughes
- Eros in the field? Bourdieu's double account of socialized desire by Helene Aarseth
- A small sociology of maternal memory by Ann Oakley
- Charitable giving and lay morality: understanding sympathy, moral evaluations and social positions by Balihar Sanghera
- Do Those Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Lose Their Souls? Whitehead and Stengers on Persons, Propositions and the Soul by Michael Halewood