Recognizing Transsexuals is joint winner of the 2012 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Zowie Davy and Michael Skey were joint winners earlier this month of the prestigious Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for first books in sociology. Dr Davy and Dr Skey shared the prize of £1,000 awarded by the British Sociological Association at its annual conference in Leeds.

Recognizing Transsexuals: Personal, Political and Medicolegal Embodiment (Zowie Davy, University of Lincoln) draws on interviews with transsexuals at various stages of transition. It explores the reasons why transsexuals want to modify their bodies, and examines political, medical and legal issues.

National Belonging and Everyday Life: The Significance of Nationhood in an Uncertain World (Michael Skey, University of East London) examines the views and attitudes of the ethnic majority in England.

The BSA prize is for the best first and sole-authored book within sociology, and was established in honour of the memory of Professor Philip Abrams, whose work contributed substantially to sociology and social policy research in Britain. He is remembered for the encouragement and help he provided to many sociologists at the start of their careers.

The other authors shortlisted for the prize were: Michaela Benson, of the University of Bristol, who wrote The British in Rural France: Lifestyle Migration and the Ongoing Quest for a Better Way of Life and Paul Thomas, University of Huddersfield, who wrote Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion.

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