The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is delighted to announce the winners of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing. We are grateful to the work and commitment of the book prize committee: Karen Richman, chair, and members Abigail Adams, Cristiana Giordano and Lisa Stevenson. The committee evaluated seventy-five ethnographies for their originality, innovative methods, experience-near approach, quality of writing, presentation and engagement with humanistic anthropology and anthropological scholarship in general. We chose the ethnographies that we found to be exemplars of the best ethnographic writing, the ones destined to make a significant impact on the doing and writing of ethnography. The winners exemplify the broad and deep diversity of anthropologists’ approaches to their craft.
|1st Prize||Emma Tarlo||Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair||Oneworld Press||2016|
|2nd Prize||Anand Pandian||Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation||Duke University Press||2015|
|3rd Prize||Robert Desjarlais||Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World||University of Chicago Press||2016|
|Honorable Mention||David Hughes||Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity||Duke University Press||2017|
|Honorable Mention||Janet McIntosh||Unsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White Kenyans||University of California Press||2016|
Congratulations to the winners and to all who submitted their books to the prize committee.