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The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces the annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.

Are you involved in social science research and completing or will have completed ethnography this year? The Award is open to any UK resident currently employed as a teacher or researcher or studying as a postgraduate in a UK institution of higher education.

An entry should be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed description of the practices of a group or culture. Any sole authored book or peer reviewed research article published during the calendar year of the award will be eligible.

The judges for the Award are yet to be announced.

The judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. The work should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research.

The panel of judges will select six finalists, and from that shortlist the judges will select an overall winner who will be awarded a prize of £1000.

The winner of the Award will be announced at the BSA Annual Conference in April 2018.

Read on for essential information and details on how to enter.


You may submit one entry only, which must be sole authored.

All entries must include the summary and contact details and a hard copy or electronic copy (attachments must be under the file size of 10MB) of the ethnography.

Email a summary of your work to (no more than 250 words) along with your name and phone number. Please include the name of your paper in the 'Subject' category of your email.

If you are submitting a paper, it can be attached to your email, provided it is no more than 10MB. If you receive no automatic email confirmation your paper is too large and you will need to send it by post.

If you are submitting a book (which must be published during this year) it should be posted to: Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award Room 6045 Broadcasting House London W1A 1AA

Entries will be accepted from 20 September 2017 to 20 January 2018.

Summary of what you need to include:

  • Name of ethnography – you MUST include this in the ‘subject’ category of your email
  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Name and postal address of your institution
  • Publication details and date of ethnography
  • Summary of ethnography (no more than 250 words)
  • Hard copy or attached copy of your work (under 10MB)

Please see the Terms & Conditions for all the rules.

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