The European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences (Premio Europeo Amalfi per la Sociologia e le Scienze Sociali) is a prestigious Italian award in the social sciences. Established in 1987 on the initiative of the Section for Sociological Theories and Social Transformations of the Italian Association of Sociology, it is conferred annually in Amalfi to the author of a book or an article which was published within the previous two years and has made an important contribution to sociology.
The award ceremony is accompanied by an international sociological conference. The awardees are selected by a jury currently consisting of Margaret Archer, Allessandro Cavalli, Salvador Giner, Joachim Israel, Michel Maffesoli, Carlo Mongardini (chair), Birgitta Nedelmann, Helga Nowotny, and Piotr Sztompka. Previous members include Anthony Giddens, Peter Gerlich and Friedrich H. Tenbruck.
The award was suspended in 1993 and 1996, in 1992 the jury decided not to assign the award.
In 1999, a biennial special award for an outstanding first book was established and named after Norbert Elias, the first recipient of the Amalfi Award. There are also other auxiliary awards in various categories; the main award can also be split.
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