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Call for nominations 2014

The 2014 SANA Book Prize will be awarded at the SANA 2015 spring conference. The call for nominations – with instructions for submittals – will be made in the fall of 2014.

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

2013

Winner:

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.
2011

Winner:

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.
2009

Winner:

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

Honorable mention:

Karen Ho.
Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street.
2007

Winner:

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.
2005

Winner:

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

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