The 2015 recipient is William K. Carroll for his 2013 article entitled “Discipline, Field, Nexus: Re-Visioning Sociology” (Vol. 50, No. 1).
The CRS/RCS Best Article Award recognizes the author(s) of an article published in the Canadian Review of Sociology which makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sociological knowledge.
In this article, Dr. Carroll argues that while some hold that the discipline of sociology is in crisis, we currently have the opportunity to revision sociology and move beyond our disciplinary limitations. Carroll argues that disciplinary divisions within social science lead to fragmented knowledge and both distort understanding of social life, and stifle social critique. Sociology is positioned at the nexus of contemporary social science and can be an important driver of positive social change. He recommends critical realism as a methodology to help us reach across disciplines and enhance our impact both on a scholarly and social level.
The selection committee described this research as “thoughtful, challenging, sophisticated, and ambitious, if controversial,” and selected it as this year’s winner of the CRS Best Article Award.