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As the 2016 American Anthropological Association meeting begins, we’re pleased to congratulate four of our authors for the following illustrious award wins! These will be given in person at the annual meeting this week.
Jason DeLeon, author of The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Mead Award. Here is what committee members had to say about his book:
This is an incredibly innovative book. It combines data and analysis from three sub-fields—archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology. There is also innovative ethnography. The theory is new—starting with INS change of policy in order to use the environment as a deterrent and going on to the notion of the hybrid collective. It covers a whole new range of insights in the border between the US and Mexico and undocumented immigrants—a very important issue at this time.
The book includes a fictionalized account of the migrant trail, through which we are introduced to the “everyday terror of the desert”; extended transcripts of conversations with De León’s primary informants and friends; De León’s interspersed scholarship across anthropological fields that contextualizes narratives and conversations; vivid ethnography; the stark photographs by Mike Wells and the author; and the strong discussions on ethics (ethnographic and political), structural violence, inequality and racism. The book is gripping to read, and devastating and haunting.
Seth Holmes, author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, is the winner of the 2016 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. Seth’s work was described as “a trenchant ethnography that offers new possibilities for an engaged, empathic anthropology.”
Angela Steusse, author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South, is the winner of the 2016 Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize.
Augustin Fuentes, author of Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature, is the winner of the 2016 W. W. Howells Book Award in Biological Anthropology.
Roberto G. Gonzales, author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, is the winner of the 2016 Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award.
Many congratulations, once again, to our authors: we’re proud to have published with them!