Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research

2013 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research
Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, University of North Dakota
"Waltzing Matilda: An Autoethnography of a Father's Stillbirth"

Purpose

The Qualitative Family Research Network (QFRN) Focus Group award recognizes significant work in the area of family theory, methods and research that comes from a qualitative tradition. The award is named for Anselm Strauss; his life's work was to develop and practice qualitative methodologies

Award

The winner receives a plaque. It is presented annually at the QFRN Focus Group Annual Meeting and at the Research and Theory Annual Meeting. The Anselm Strauss Award Committee may also grant "honorable mention" to other articles or chapters which do not receive the award but otherwise meet the award criteria and, in their assessment, also deserve recognition.

Criteria

Nominations for this award must be qualitative journal articles or book chapters published during the year prior to presentation. The focus must be on qualitative family scholarship, although the work can be based on qualitative research, methodology, or theory. (It does not have to be an empirical research paper.)

High quality submissions of all types of qualitative work are welcome, with no one method having advantage over others. The rigor of the research process, the clarity of the findings, the representation of the informant's views and, if appropriate, representation of the researcher's view will be assessed.

The work should be significant or innovative in some way for qualitative family scholarship. It should not simply be a good example of using a method; it should be creative and push the field forward, either in its method, methodology, or theory of method.

The Strauss Award is not given for contributions to a substantive or topical area. The award is about qualitative family scholarship, drawing attention to qualitative methods or theories of qualitative methods (although the award can be given to an empirical piece with a significant methodological or theoretical development).

Membership in NCFR or the RT Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

A committee conducts an evaluation of the top scholarly journals in the family field.  Nominations from individuals not on the committee are welcome.

Deadlines

May 1: Deadline for nominations of articles.
July 31: Award winners will be notified by this date.