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SANA announces call for nominations for the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff memorial book award

The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharf Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is awarded every two years for a single or multiple authored book (not edited collections). Nominated books need to be published in 2013 and 2014. They should:

  1. deal with an important social issue within the discipline of anthropology;
  2. have broader implications for social change or justice; and
  3. be accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology.

Authors, publishers, or other scholars may nominate a book. Nominations must include a letter of nomination specifying how the books meets the criteria, a C.V. or bio-bibliography of the author, and three copies of the book. The nomination letter and C.V. may be sent by E-mail or postal service to each of the three following committee members. Ordinarily, publishers sent hard copies of the book to each of the committee members, but the author may do so as well. Both nomination material and books must be received by December 15, 2014.

Contact information for Selection Committee:

The Prize will be announced at the SANA Meetings to be held April 16-18 2014, at John Jay College, New York, New York, and at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings, November 18-22, 2015 in Denver Colorado.

Tobacco Capitalism wins 2011 – 2012 prize

For single or multiple-authored books in anthropology published in 2011 and 2012, the prize for the latest round of submissions was awarded at the AAA Annual Meeting, November 20-24, in Chicago:

2011-2012 Prize winner:

Tobacco Capitalism

Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry

Booksleeve - Tobacco Capitalism Peter Benson expertly handles grounding his topic in a broader historical and political economic context, telling a rich story while avoiding – and expressly dismantling – the oversimplified narratives that permeate the themes he engages. He succeeds in his aim to situate a nuanced, sensitive account of the workers’ experiences within a critical analysis of broader structural forces, illuminating a range of political projects that shape the contemporary historical moment.

Read more about the book on Princeton University Press’ web pages.


2011-2012 Honorable mention:

Hound Pound Narrative

Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention

Booksleeve - Hound Pound Narrative Taking seriously and, without romanticization, James Waldram attempts to understand the situations of a nearly universally reviled group – sexual offenders – and does it well.  He dodges the pitfalls of conventional tropes around these topics, problematizing and disrupting a range of assumptions along the way while examining the production and roots of the numerous discourses discussed.  The rich ethnographic detail makes this a compelling story.

Read more about the book on University of California Press Press’ web pages.


Previous winners



Peter Benson.
Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry.

Honorable mention:

James Waldram.
Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention.


Mark Auslander.
The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.

Honorable mention:

Khiara M. Bridges.
Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization.


Jessica R. Cattelino.
High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty.

Honorable mention:

Karen Ho.
Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street.


Dorothy Holland, Catherine Lutz, Don Nonini, Lesley Bartlett, Marla Frederick-McGlathery, Thaddeus C. Guldbrandsen, Enrique Murillo.
Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics.

Honorable mention:

Ann Aurelia López.
The Farmworkers’ Journey.
David Valentine.
Imagining Transgender.


Gina Perez.
The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families.

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