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Call for Submissions: 2020 SAW Book Prize

SAW invites submissions of recently published ethnographies of work to be considered for the 2020 SAW Book Prize.

Published onJan 15, 2020
Call for Submissions: 2020 SAW Book Prize

The SAW Book Prize is awarded each year by the Society for the Anthropology of Work, a section of the American Anthropological Association. In 2020, the prize will be awarded to a book-length ethnography of work with a publication date of 2017 or later. The prize is awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and carries an award of $500 or $250 each in the case of multiple authors.

SAW invites submissions from all four subfields of anthropology from both authors and publishers; self-nominations are welcome. Four key criteria are used to determine a book’s suitability for the prize:

  • Does the book highlight anthropological research on work, either descriptively or analytically? 

  • Does the analysis go beyond surface description to generate new insights, interpretations or explanations?

  • In addition to being of interest to anthropologists of work, does the book address anthropology more generally and/or broader issues of ongoing concern?

  • Is the book well-organized and written clearly?

The deadline for receipt of submissions for this year’s prize is March 31, 2020. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking publishers to send electronic versions of nominated titles to the committee (listed below). Please also indicate in an email to the committee chair, Jan English-Lueck, that you are submitting one or more titles for consideration.

2020 Prize Committee

Jan English-Lueck

Department of Anthropology

San Jose State University 

Filipe Calvão

Anthropology and Sociology

Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Developpement (IHEID)

Lauren Hayes

Department of Anthropology

University of California, Davis


Carrie Lane

Department of American Studies

California State University, Fullerton


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