Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

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.

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