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Announcing SEA Book Prize Finalists

The SEA Book Prize committee has been hard at work. The committee includes Jeffrey Cohen (Chair), Faidra Papavasiliou and Paul Rivera,.  We had over 30 book titles submitted to our initial request! It was quite a list with work on a broad array of topics.  From that original list your committee selected six finalists (in alphabetical order):

Michael Chibnik

Anthropology, Economics and Choice.
University of Texas Press


Carrie M. Lane
A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment.
Cornell University Press

Carolyn K. Lesorogol
Contesting the Commons: Privatizing Pastoral Lands in Kenya. 
University of Michigan Press


Sarah Lyon
Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets.
University Press of Colorado


Jon B. Marcoux
Pox, Empire, Shackles and Hides.
University of Alabama Press


Dinah Rajak
In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Stanford University Press


We’ve all enjoyed reading these books and each is outstanding—they represent the very best work, not just in economic anthropology but anthropology in general.  We will announce the winner at the business lunch during the SEA conference coming up in San Antonio, Texas.

My thanks and appreciation to Faidra and Paul for their time, thought and energy!

Announcing the 2012 Halperin Fund Awardees

The 2012 Halperin Awardees are:
Deniz Daser, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University.
“Living Work, Working Lives: Migrants and their Labor in New Orleans”.
Advisor: Rocio Magana.


Lauren A. Hayes, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona.
“Talking Proper”: Appalachian Women in the Workplace.
Advisors: Jennifer Roth-Gordon and James Greenberg.


Andrew Ofstehage. Department of Anthropology. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“Development and Dispossession in Soylandia”.
Advisor: Rudolf Colloredo-Mansfeld.

The Award Evaluation Committee wishes to convey our appreciation to everyone who applied. We are sorry we could not fund every proposal, and we invite every candidate to share the results of their research at a future meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology.

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and scholarly work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students inanthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and her concern for people living on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial colleagueship, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meetthese goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small research grants and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

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