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Sponsored by the American Sociological Association, the Pitirim Sorokin Award honors the top literary publication in the field each year. Pitirim Sorokin (1889-1968) was a renowned Russian sociologist who moved to the United States in 1923. While teaching at the University of St. Petersburg, he founded the sociology department there. Arrested several times for his anti-communist views, he received the death penalty by Vladimir Lenin before being released from prison. After heading to America, he taught at the University of Minnesota before founding the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. He was also a former president of the ASA.

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