Families, Relationships and Societies David Morgan Prize

To mark the tenth anniversary of Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS), the journal launched a prize to recognise outstanding contributions made to FRS.

The prize was created in memory of David Morgan, former president of the British Sociological Association (BSA), and past member of the FRS editorial team.

Announcing the 2021 winners of the David Morgan Prize 

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural David Morgan Prize winners are Kaveri Qureshi and Zubaida Metlo for their article 'A British South Asian Muslim relational negotiation of divorce: uncoupling beyond the couple'. To celebrate the authors' achievement, their prize-winning article will be made free to access until 30 April. 

Read the winning article

We would also like to give an honourable mention to the following articles, which are free to access throughout January 2022. 

Displaying parenthood, (un)doing gender: parental leave, daycare, and working time adjustments in Sweden and the UK
Gayle Kaufman and Anne Grönlund

Representations of 'Progressive Fatherhood’ in Postcolonial Zimbabwe: Binaries, Ambivalences and Ambiguities
Sarah Jane Mitchell

Mothering practices across three generations of Chinese women: from liberated woman, virtuous wife and good mother, to intensive full-time mother
Xin Guo


A prize of £100-worth of Policy Press/Bristol University Press books will be awarded to the winner. The paper will be made freely available for a period of three months and promoted widely.


The winning paper will be selected by the FRS Editorial Panel who will draw up an initial short-list from articles published (or due to be published) in the current year (2021).

The authors of the short-listed papers are asked whether they would like to be considered for the prize ahead of final nomination. Contributions to the journal from editorial board members are excluded from the article prize selection process.

Assessment Criteria 

A panel involving Editorial Board members will judge the applications on the written material provided. The assessment criteria are:

  • Published in an issue of the journal between 1 January 2021 – 31st December 2021
  • Research papers only
  • Originality: a novel contribution to the field of families and relationships
  • Significance: the work is likely to exert influence within its field of study
  • Demonstrates rigorous social science methods and theory: uses compelling evidence to argue its case