Outstanding Book Award
This award is presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding book published in the previous calendar year. In order to be eligible for this award, nominations must be made by a NASSS member and:
- be scholarly analyses of a sport-related issue or phenomenon, written from a sociological, anthropological, or related perspective.
- have a printed publication date of the calendar year preceding the year of the award. [For the 2018 award, eligible books are those with a publication date of 2017.]
In addition, books written by authors who are not NASSS members are eligible to be nominated. However edited collections and textbooks are not eligible for this award. Please send your book nominations to Courtney Flowers at CourtneyLFlowers@gmail.com. In the email please provide the Author(s), Book title, edition, and publisher.
The nomination deadline is March 31.
a. Nominated books must be scholarly analyses of a sport-related issue or phenomenon, written from a sociological, anthropological, or related perspective.
b. Nominated books must have a printed publication date of the calendar year preceding the year of the award. [For the 2018 award, eligible books are those with a publication date of 2017.]
c. Edited collections and textbooks are not eligible for the award.
d. Books written by authors who are not NASSS members are eligible to be nominated.
e. Nominations for the award must be made by a NASSS member.
The call for nominations will go out in Spring 2018.
2017, Lindsay Parks Pieper, Sex testing: Gender policing in women’s sports
2016 James Holstein, Richard Jones, and George Koonce Is There Life After Football? Surviving the NFL
2015 Alan Klein(Northeastern University) Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice
2014 Jeffrey Montez de Oca (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) Discipline and Indulgence: College Football, Media, and the American Way of Life During the Cold War
2013 Katie Fitzpatrick (University of Auckland) Critical Pedagogy, Physical Education and Urban Schooling
2012 Joshua Newman and Michael Giardina (both Florida State University) Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism
2011 Emily Chivers Yochim (Allegheny College) Skate Life: Re-Imagining White Masculinity
2010 Shari L. Dworkin (UCSF) and Faye Linda Wachs (Cal Poly Pomona) - Body Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Fitness
2009 Thomas F. Carter (University of Brighton) - The Quality of Home Runs
2008 Earl Smith (Wake Forest University) - Race, Sport and the American Dream
2007 Pirkko Markula (University of Alberta) and Richard Pringle (University of Waikato) - Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power Knowledge and Transforming the Self
2006 Michael D. Giardina (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - Sporting Pedagogies: Performing Culture & Identity in the Global Arena
2005 Sherri Grasmuck (Temple University) - Protecting Home: Class, Race, and Masculinity in Boys' Baseball
2004 Michael Messner (University of Southern California) - Taking the Field- Women, Men and Sport
2003 Dan Nathan (Skidmore College) - Saying It's So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
2002 Michael Robidoux (University of Ottawa) - Men at Play: A Working Understanding of Professional Hockey
2001 Nancy Theberge (University of Waterloo) - Higher Goals: Women's Ice Hockey and the Politics of Gender
2000 Varda Burstyn (Independent writer) - The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics, and the Culture of Sport
1999 Eric Dunning (University of Leicester) - Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence, and Civilization
1998 John Sugden (University of Brighton) - Boxing and Society: An International Analysis
1997 Alan Klein (Northeastern University) - Baseball on the Border
1996 Jennifer Hargreaves (University of Surrey Roehampton) - Sporting Females: Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women's Sports
1995 Todd Crosset (University of Massachusetts) - Outsiders in the Clubhouse: Class and Gender on the Women's Professional Golf Tour
1993 Michael Messner (University of Southern California) - Power at Play: Sport and the Problems of Masculinity