Society for the Anthropology of Work


SAW Award Recipients

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); Frances Rothstein (2012); United Workers (2014); Gerald M. Sider (2016)


Past recipients of the Diana Forsythe Prize:

2017: Sareeta Amrute for Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke, 2016).

2016: Eben Kirksey for Emergent Ecologies (Duke, 2015).
Honorable mention: Everett Yuehong Zhang for The Impotence Epidemic: Men’s Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China (Duke, 2015).

2015: Gabriella Coleman for Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014)

2014: S. Lochlann Jain for Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013)
Honorable Mention: Adriana Petryna for When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects (Princeton University Press, 2009).

2013 Heather Paxson, for The Life of Cheese (University of California Press, 2012).

2012: Rene Almeling for Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011).

2011 Alexander Edmonds, for Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil (Duke University Press 2011).

2010 Elly Teman, for Birthing a Mother: the Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self (U of California Press, 2010).

2009 Emily Martin, for Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture (Princeton UP, 2007).

2008 João Biehl, for Will to Live: Aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton UP, 2007).

2007: Marcia Inhorn, for Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003).

2006: Jan English-Lueck, for [email protected] (Stanford University Press, 2002).

2005: Joe Dumit, for Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton UP, 2004)

2003: Cori Hayden, for When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico (Princeton, 2003)

2002: Lucy Suchman, for the body of her work

2001: Stefan Helmreich, for Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (U of California Press, 1998)

2000: David Hess, for the body of his work

1999: Rayna Rapp, for Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Impact of Amniocentesis in America (Routledge, 1999).


Past recipients of the Society for the Anthropology of Work Eric R. Wolf Prize:

2017: Marcel LaFlamme for his paper “Profession as Timekeeping Device.”

2016: Mary Elizabeth Schmid for her paper “Tomatero Circuit of Southern Appalachia-South Florida.”

2015: Mary Wilhoit for her paper “EnGendering the State: Women’s Work and Peru’s 2012 Agrarian Census.”

2014: Bryan Moorefield for his paper “Exceptional Protections: Contracts, Temporality, and Mexican Guestworkers.”

2013: Samuel Weeks for his paper “Longing for ‘Normal’ Post-Fordism: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis.”

2012: Rachel Proby Wright for her paper, “Who’s the Boss? The Matryoshka Power and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations.”

2011: June Hee Kwon for her paper, “Rhythm of Circulation: Visas, Labor, and the Bodies of Korean Chinese Migrants in the Age of Transnational Commuting.”

Jeffrey Hoelle for his paper, “The Ranchers of Acre, Brazil: Elite Status and Work in an Environmental State.”

2006: Troy Wilson for his paper, “Migrant Brokers of the Global Tongue: A Case Study in Guadalajara, Mexico”

2005: Laurie Duthie for her essay, “White Collars with Chinese Characteristics: Global Capitalism and the Formation of a Social Identity.” It was subsequently published in AWR XXVI(3):1-12.

2004: Kelly Feltault for her essay, “‘We’re Our Own Boss’: Gendered Class-Consciousness and White Privilege among Hooper’s Island Crab Pickers,” appeared in the Anthropology of Work Review XXVI(1):1-13.

2003: Ariana Hernandez-Reguant for her paper “Artistic Labor and Contractual Citizenship in the Cuban Culture Industries” Anthropology of Work Review XXIII(1-2):3-7.


Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize

2016: Angela Steusse  for Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South (University of California Press, 2016).

2015: Rebecca Prentice for Thiefing A Chance: Factory Work, Illicit Labor, and Neoliberal Subjectivities in Trinidad (University Press of Colorado, 2015)

2014: Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter Little and B Lynne Milgram for Street Economies in the Urban Global South (School for Advanced Research Press, 2013)

2013: Seth Holmes  for Migrant Farmworkers in the United States  (University of California Press, 2013), co-winner.

2013: Noelle Molé for Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy: Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace (University of Indiana Press, 2011), co-winner.

2012: Carrie Lane for A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment (Cornell University Press and ILR Press, 2011).

2011: Ann Kingsolver and Nandini Gunewardena for their edited volume The Gender of Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural and Economic Marginalities (SAR Press, 2008).

2010: Frances Rothstein for Globalization in Mexico: Three Decades of Change (University of Texas Press 2007).