Sociologist wins national book prize

BSA President, John Brewer, presents Dr Monica Sassatelli with the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

A University of Sussex researcher has won a prize for her first sociology book.

Dr Monica Sassatelli, a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at Sussex, was awarded the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize by the British Sociological Association.

Her book, Becoming Europeans: Cultural Identity and Cultural Policies, is a study of two European Union cultural policies - the Capital of Culture programme and the European Landscapes Convention.

Dr Sassatelli  uses these to debate the more general question of European identity and the cultural, sociological, political and policy processes involved in the development of Europe.

The BSA judges said that: "Addressing these two cultural policies is a fascinatingly unusual way to approach the issue of how we might construct a European identity and imagine the boundaries of Europe as a place.

"The case studies are explored with skill and in rich detail. The study addresses the process of Europeanisation - how we are becoming Europeans - and the discipline of sociology's wider issues of identity, globalisation and culture are woven into this process with great deftness."

Dr Sassatelli has been at Sussex since January 2008 as a research fellow, working with Professor Gerard Delanty on the project ‘Art festivals and European public culture'.

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 assistance he provided to many young sociologists at the start of their careers.

The prize was announced at the BSA's annual conference at Glasgow Caledonian University during the Easter vacation.

Notes for Editors


 Dr Monica Sassatelli gained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Parma (Italy). She has taught courses in Sociology at the Universities of Ferrara (where she is still a visiting lecturer), Urbino, Padova and Teramo, in Italy. In 2004-2005, Monica was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence.

Becoming Europeans: Cultural Identity and Cultural Policies, is published by Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-230-53742-2

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Last updated: Tuesday, 20 April 2010