Society for the Anthropology of Work



2016 SAW Internship Call for Applications
Deadline: April 8, 2016

The Society for the Anthropology of Work welcomes applications from students in the early stages of their graduate careers for a paid internship for 6 weeks during the summer of 2016 at United Workers (, a community-based, labor rights group in Baltimore, Maryland. The SAW scholar would work with the community group on their ongoing qualitative research. Specifics of the summer project would depend upon the intern’s particular research interests and on negotiations with United Workers, but the SAW Intern would be expected to summarize their work on the SAW website and in a column for Anthropology News. The stipend for the summer would be $2500.

Interested applicants should send a narrative of no more than 3 pages outlining their interest in the anthropology of work and their goals for the summer internship, a c.v., an official transcript from their graduate program and a sealed recommendation letter from a faculty advisor (this may be sent separately).

Please address all application materials and questions to:

Samuel Collins
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Towson University
FAX 410-704-2854

Eric R. Wolf Prize

Graduate students of the anthropology of work, here is your chance to have your scholarship recognized, win some money to help offset the cost of the AAAs, and perhaps have an article published. The annual submission deadline for the 2015 Society for the Anthropology of Work’s Eric R. Wolf Prize is coming up on October 1, 2015. Established in 2003 by the Society for the Anthropology of Work, this paper prize is specifically for graduate students. Please note that it should not be confused with the more recently established Eric Wolf Prize awarded by the Political Ecology Society. The SAW Eric Wolf Prize is awarded annually at the SAW business meeting during the American Anthropological Association meetings. The deadline for the 2015 Eric Wolf Prize is, again, October 1, 2015. See the details regarding eligibility and submission below.

Now is the time to dig through your manuscripts, seminar or conference papers, or other unpublished documents and prepare for submission. (Note: All submissions must be previously unpublished documents, since the winning essay is automatically peer reviewed for the possibility of publication in the Anthropology of Work Review).

The recipient of the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize will receive a $250 cash award along with the possibility of having his or her essay reviewed for possible publication in the Anthropology of Work Review.

The Society for the Anthropology of Work invites graduate students to submit previously unpublished manuscripts for consideration for the Eric R. Wolf Prize. This award was established to honor graduate research on the topic of the anthropology of work, broadly defined. The award will go to the paper that best demonstrates an anthropological approach to the study of work in the tradition of political economic scholarship modeled and encouraged by Eric Wolf.

Submissions need to be received by October 1, 2015 to be considered for this year’s prize. All submissions should be emailed as attached Word documents to Samuel Collins (, chair of the Wolf Prize Committee. Graduate students need not be members of the Society for the Anthropology of Work to submit essays in the competition, but SAW student memberships are available at an affordable cost with membership in the AAA. Word documents should be 25 pages or less, double-spaced, and all identifying information needs to be in the accompanying email (identifying headers and footers need to be removed before sending the document). Please direct any questions about the SAW Eric Wolf Prize to Sam Collins.

2014 Conrad Arensberg Award

The winner of the 2014 Arensberg Award is the Baltimore-based organization, United Workers, which describes itself as “a human rights organization led by low-wage workers [ . . .]  leading the fight for fair development, which respects human rights, maximizes public benefits and is sustainable.”  They have been active in labor issues in Maryland since their inception at a homeless shelter in Baltimore in 2002, and, through their work, fight for human rights in the context of labor, neighborhood development, health care and other issues.  In many ways, United Workers represents the wide focus and engagement of the Society for the Anthropology of Work, and this Arensberg Award recognizes both their activism and their anthropological sensibility.  

The CONRAD ARENSBERG AWARD was established by the Society for the Anthropology of Work in 1991 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field.

Past recipients of the Conrad Arensberg Award: Conrad Arensberg (1991), June Nash (1992), Karen Brodkin (1993), Louise Lamphere (1994), Frederick Gamst (1995), Karen Tranberg Hansen (1998), Eliot Chapple (2000), Herb Appelbaum (2001), Judith-Maria Buechler and Hans Buechler (2002), Susan George (2004), Arlie Hochschild (2006), Marietta Baba (2008), Beverly Wright (2010) and Frances Rothstein (2012).


The winner of this year’s book prize is “Street Economies in the Urban Global South” (School for Advanced Research Press, 2013), edited by Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter Little, and B. Lynne Milgram.  As you know, this year the prize goes to an edited collection judged to be the best in the field of the anthropology of work published in the past three years.

The criteria are the significance of the research, relevance for the anthropology of work, clarity and effectiveness of the presentation, and appeal to a wider audience in anthropology and beyond. Preference is given to books based on fieldwork and which have not received another award or prize. One year out of three the prize goes to an edited collection.