Student Paper Award

Section Student Paper 2019 Award 

Deadline is March 31, 2019

The Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Section Student Paper Award goes to the graduate student whose paper makes the best original contribution to the understanding of ideas about, and practices of, consumption. The sociology of consumption, broadly defined, includes subjects dealing with theoretical and/or empirical questions related to consumers, commodities, and/or consumer markets, and engages with a larger body of research on these topics. As long as the central focus is consumption, the paper may be influenced by other disciplines and sub-fields (e.g., sociology of culture, sociology of the body, environmental sociology, political sociology, economic sociology). The Committee will select the paper that demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent or innovative analysis of a theoretical or empirical issue bearing upon some aspect of the sociology of consumption.

Eligibility: The competition is open to both published and unpublished article-length papers (roughly 25 pages in length, not including tables or references) written by a graduate student in the last two years (2017 to 2019). Self-nominations are welcome. The committee will accept sole-authored and multiple-authored papers as long as the applicant is the lead or senior author. No student-faculty collaborations can be accepted. The author must have been a student at the time the article was accepted for publication. The same publication may not be nominated for both Section awards (Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award and Student Paper Award). Authors must be members of the Consumers and Consumption Section at the time of nomination.

To apply: Email a nominating letter, including a description of the paper and its significance, along with the paper (either as a pdf or as a link toSocArXiv, the open archive of the social sciences) to each committee member, listed below. Nominations that are not accompanied by a nomination letter will not be considered for the prize. The deadline for receipt of all materials for this award is Sunday, March 31, 2019.

If submitting the paper via SocArXiv, please follow the instructions in the SocArXiv tutorial. Be sure to follow the “Sharing your paper” step, to generate the link. Please include the link with the nominating letter, for each committee member.

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