SHA Prize Winners

1986

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Barbara Tedlock. “Keeping the Breath Nearby”
  • [Honorable Mention] Sarah Waldorf. “The Pig Men”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Anthony Leeds. “We Shall Dry Our Eyes”
  • [First Runner-up] Dan Rose. “We Discovered the Dancing Surfaces of Fire”
  • [First Runner-up] Ivan Brady. “cannibal-ism”
  • [Honorable Mention] Dennis Tedlock. “Five Days from a Dream Almanac”

1987

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Gordon Lester-Massman. “Mistakes in Paradise”
  • [Runner-up] Barbara J Micheal. “Desert Scrub”; “Where”

1988

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Ernest Schusky. “Korean Exodus”
  • [Second Prize] Yesim Ternar. “Christians on the Beach”
  • [Honorable Mention] Catherine Callaghan. “Ecket”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Susan Landgraf. “Kung Woman Lament”; “From an Interview with Winnie Mandela”; “To an Astronaut from an Ancient on the Use of Search Lights”
  • [Second Prize] Catherine Tihanyi. “Once upon a time, on the sparkling shores of the Mediterranean”; “At Myth End”
  • [Third Prize] Patricia Marshal. “Ode to the Water Spirit”; “This is the Year”
  • [Honorable Mention] William Y. Adams. “The Vision Quest”

1989

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Michael Hittman. “A Pair of Aces and One Deuce”
  • [Honorable Mention] Martha B. Kendall. “The Nature of the Evidence”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Stephanos Stephanides. “Yet I Still Celebrate You Lotus of the Mud Flats”; “Sky of the Hearts (Chidambaram)”; “The Sacrifice as in a Vision”
  • [Second Prize] Micheal V Angr�sino. “Miss Anna Walks”; “At the Hotel Royal”
  • [Third Prize] Mary Courtis. “A Spiritual Kaleidoscope”; “Letting the Caged Bird Sing”
  • [Honorable Mention] Clive Kileff. “Paul, the blind driver”

1990

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Kirin Narayan. Storytellers, Saints and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Barbara Bode. No Bells to Toll: Destruction and Creation in the Andes. Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  • [Honorable Mention] Michael Jackson. Paths towards a Clearing: Radical Empiricism and Ethnographic Enquiry. Indiana University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Dorinne Kondo. Crafting Selves: Power, Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Smadar Lavie. The Poetics of Military Occupation: Mzeina Allegories of Bedoin Identity under Israeli and Egyptian Rule. University of California Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Susan Scott-Stevens. “The Djinn Tree”
  • [Honorable Mention] Grant A. Olson. “The Switchmaster”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Charles F. Underwood. “Third World Night”; “Los Muertos”
  • [Second Prize] Jeanne Simonelli. “Road Song I (Field Course 1989)”; “Road Songs II (Last Hike)”; “Guatemala 1990″
  • [Honorable Mention] Catherine J. Allen. “Old Griefs”; “Loss and the Academic Lizard”
  • [Honorable Mention] Caroline G. Banks. “Ode to Three Pillows”
  • [Honorable Mention] Ward H. Goodenough. “Morning star”
  • [Honorable Mention] Clive Kileff. “A White African Goes Home”
  • [Honorable Mention] Vicki Levine. “Duality”
  • [Honorable Mention] Gabriel Seabrook. “The Fount of Elysium”
  • [Honorable Mention] John F. Sherry. “Gaea Descending”
  • [Honorable Mention] Dwayne C. Turner. “La Chica (Little Girl)”

1991

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Dennis Tedlock. Days from a Dream Almanac. University of Illinois Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Deborah B. Gewertz and Frederick Errington. Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts: Representing the Chambri in a World System. Cambridge University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Miles Richardson. Cry Lonesome, and Other Accounts of the Anthropologist’s Project. SUNY Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Carol Laderman. Taming the Wind of Desire: Psychology, Medicine and Aesthetics in Malay Shamanistic Performance. University of California Press.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] John F. Sherry, Jr. “Restoration Triptych”; “Too Far Afield”; “Local Custom [Field Journal/Amsterdam Station]”
  • [Second Prize Co-Winner] Martin F. Manalansan IV. “New York City 1991: On the Margins of an Ethnography”; “(Dis)Other”
  • [Second Prize Co-Winner] Kent Maynard. “Burying the Dead”; “Bamenda in Dry Season”; “Night Lights”
  • [Honorable Mention] Caroline G. Banks. “Lessons in Bipedalism”

1992

Turner Prize

  • [Co-Winner] Karen McCarthy Brown. Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn. University of California Press.
  • [Co-Winner] Jim Wafer. The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Claire Farrer. Living Life’s Circle: Mescalero Apache Cosmovision. University of New Mexico Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] C. Nadia Seremetakis. The Last Word: Women, Death and Divination in Inner Mani. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Margaret Trawick. Notes on Love in a Tamil Family. University of California Press.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Kate Altork.”Ocote”
  • [Honorable Mention] Bill Holm. “Vietnamese Cooking in Reykjavik”
  • [Honorable Mention] Edith Laurencin. “and wah dey give we?”
  • [Honorable Mention] Miles Richardson. “Sequin to Guadalajara on Various Levels and in More Times Than I Can Count: The Continuation of Lives Already Dead”
  • [Honorable Mention] Raman Srinivasan. “Museum”

1993

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham. Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa. University of Chicago Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Co-Winner] Kate Altork. “Working Norman’s Birthday”
  • [Co-Winner] Maria Nieves Zedeno. “Saint versus the Hummingbird”

1994

Turner Prize

  • [Co-Winner] Lila Abu-Lughod. Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories. University of California Press.
  • [Co-Winner] Mary Margaret Steedly. Hanging without a Rope: Narrative Experience in Colonial and Postcolonial Karoland. Princeton University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Martha Balsham. Cancer in the Community: Class and Medical Authority. Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Ruth Behar. Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story. Beacon Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-way Place. Princeton University Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Loretta Orion. “The Siberian Shaman’s Dress”
  • [Honorable Mention] Kirin Narayan. ” Come Out And Serve”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Charles Underwood. “Oral History”

1995

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Margaret Wiener. Visible and Invisible Realms: Power, Magic and Colonial Conquest in Bali. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang. Gifts, Favors and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China. Cornell University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Susan Brett-Smith. The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender. Cambridge University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Ann Fienup-Riordan. Boundaries and Passages: Rule and Ritual in Yupik Eskimo Oral Tradition. University of Oklahoma Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] José Limón. Dancing with the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas. University of Wisconsin Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Paul Heinrich. “The Informant”
  • [Honorable Mention] C. Springwater. “The Stories of Red Clay: Man of the Mesa”
  • [Honorable Mention] Linda Williamson. “Circle of White”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Co-Winner] John McCall. “Motopark Beggars”
  • [Co-Winner] Charles Underwood. “Ethnography of the Unspoken”

1996

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Carol B. Stack. Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South. Basic Books.
  • [Honorable Mention] Laura R. Graham. Performing Dreams: Discourses of Immortality among the Xavante Indians of Central Brazil. University of Texas Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Philippe Bourgois. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge University Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Simone Isadora Flynn. “A Feast of Mangoes”
  • [Honorable Mention] Bruce T. Grindal. “Is There a Light in My Eyes?”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Co-Winner] Tara Waters Lumpkin. “The Mountaineer”
  • [Co-Winner] Keith Smith. “Palm Sunday”; “Good Friday”

1997

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Keith H. Basso. Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache. University of New Mexico Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Andrew Shyrock. Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan. University of California Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Nancy Lindisfarne. “The Tortoise”
  • [Honorable Mention] Paul Johnson. ” The Knife”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Jim Funaro. “The Dancing Stones of Callanish”

1998

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Lawrence Cohen. No Aging in India: Alzheimer’s, The Bad Family, and Other Modern Things. University of California Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Kathleen Stewart. A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an “Other” America. Princeton University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Robin Ridington and Dennis Hastings. Blessing for a Long Time: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe. University of Nebraska Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Don Mitchell. “John Brown’s Body”
  • [Honorable Mention] Eugene Mendonsa. “Blood on the Tractor”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Adrie Kusserow. “American Nomads”; “Hunting Down the Monk”; “Picking the Streets, Kathmandu”; “Bulimia Religiosa”; “Learning Gods �Buddha- Confession 31″; “No Gods Left”

1999

Turner Prize

  • [Co-Winner] Jean L. Briggs. Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year-Old. Yale University Press.
  • [Co-Winner] Robert Desjarlais. Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Ralph Cintron. Angel’s Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life and the Rhetorics of the Everyday. Beacon Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Michael Stewart. The Time of the Gypsies. Westview Press.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Helen Frost. “The Corner of Clay and Berry”

2000

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Cheryl Mattingly. Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience. Cambridge University Press.

2001

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Tanya M. Luhrmann. Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry. Picador Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Roy R. Grinker. In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull. St. Martin’s Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Setha Low. On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture. University of Texas Press.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Adrie Kusserow. “Twenty-first Century Religiotropic”
  • [Honorable Mention] Tope Omoniyi. “Gbomo Gbomo”
  • [Honorable Mention] Kent Maynard. “Rain, Again”

2002

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Henry S. Sharp. Loon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene Community. University of Nebraska Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Mary Weismantel. Cholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Catherine Lutz. Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century. Beacon Press.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Winner] Tracy Lewis. “Meditaci�n in and about Mbohapy �e�”; “Pax Nobiscum”; “Muse”; “Pride?”; “Ignoramus”
  • [Second Place] Brian and Roberta Swann. “Slugs”; “Soft Boiled Eggs”
  • [Third Place] Debra Nystrom and Hushang Philsooph.

2003

Turner Prize

  • [Co-Winner] Alan Klima. The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand. Princeton University Press.
  • [Co-Winner] Hugh Raffles. In Amazonia: A Natural History. Princeton University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Judith Farquhar. Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China. Duke University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Thomas Buckley. Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990. University of California Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Michael J. Lambek. The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanqa, Madacascar. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [Co-Winner] Melisa Cahnmann. “American Defense”
  • [Co-Winner] Heidi Kelley. “In the Waiting Room”; “Que Sinvergüenza”; “Green is the Color of Galician Death”

2004

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] John M. Chernoff. Hustling Is Not Stealing: Stories of an African Bar Girl. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] William Mazzarella. Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India. Duke University Press.

2005

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Bill Maurer. Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason. Princeton University Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Joao Biehl. Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. University of California Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Michael Jackson. In Sierra Leone. Duke University Press.

2006

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Julie Cruikshank. Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination. University of Washington Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Piers Vitebsky. The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia. Houghton Mifflin.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Co-Winner] Michelle Bellino. “All the Nice Restaurants”
  • [Co-Winner] Sally Bellerose. “Frenchie’s Girls”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [First Place] Roy Jacobstein. “HIV Needs Assessment”
  • [Second Place] Alison Pelegrin. “The Bois Sec Suite”
  • [Third Place] Anoopa Sharma. “Living Bangladesh”
  • [Honorable Mention] Benjamin Vogt. “How We Came to be Here”
  • [Honorable Mention] Lucille Lang Day. “I Always Knew It”
  • [Honorable Mention] Karen Rodriguez. “Yellow Underwear”

2007

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Ira Bashkow. The Meaning of Whitemen: Race and Modernity in the Orokaiva Cultural World. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Roy Richard Grinker. Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism. Basic Books.

2008

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Richard Price. Travels with Tooy: History, Memory and the African Imagination. University of Chicago Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Ann Fienup-Riordan. Yuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely Live. University of Washington Press, Anchorage Museum Association, Calister Elders’ Council.
  • [Honorable Mention] Harry G. West. Ethnographic Sorcery. University of Chicago Press.

2009

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Matthew Engelke. A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church. University of Callifornia Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Billie Jean Isbell. Finding Cholita. University of Illinois Press.

2010

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Tracey Heatherington. Wild Sardinia: Indigeneity and the Global Dreamtimes of Environmentalism. University of Washington Press.
  • [Honorable Mention] Laurie A. Wilkie. The Lost Boys of Zeta Psi: A Historical Archaeology of Masculinity at a University Fraternity. University of California Press.
  • [“Special Award for Extending Ethnographic Understanding”] Hugh Raffles. Insectopedia. Pantheon.

2011

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Neni Panourgiá. Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State. Fordham University Press.
  • [Second Place] Amira Mittermaier. Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the imagination. University of California Press.
  • [“Special Award for Oral History and Collaborative Ethnography”] Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation and Shirleen Smith. People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders (Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich’in). University of Alberta Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Kristen Ghodsee. “Tito Trivia”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [First Place] Carolyn Moore. “Translator’s Notes on the Island of Unst’s Norn Fragment, Forkortning Saga”
  • [Second Place] Susan Settlemyre Williams. “KV55: Its Voices”
  • [Third Place] W. F. Lantry. “Yungas Valley”
  • [Honorable Mention] Worth Summers. “Coyote, Clacier Point Winter”
  • [Honorable Mention] Christine Eber. “Do You Want Me To Cut More Vegetables, Boss?”

2012

Turner Prize

  • [Winner] Angela Garcia, The Pastoral Clinic. Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande.  University of California.
  • [Second Place] Mark Auslander, The Accidental Slaveowner. Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American Family. University of Georgia Press.
  • [Third Place] Daniel Reichman, The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras. Cornell University Press.

Ethnographic Fiction

  • [Winner] Thararat Chareonsonthichai. “The Fragrance of the Classical Past”
  • [Honorable Mention] Cynthia Keppley-Mahmood.  “How Jesse Became a Revolutionary”

Ethnographic Poetry

  • [First Prize] Irina Carlota Silber. “Nanita.”
  • [Second Prize] Kuo Zhang. “One Child Policy”
  • [Third Prize] Jonathan Glasser. “Enemy Territory”
  • [Honorable Mention] Elena Harap. “Sanctuary/Home.”

2013

Victor Turner Prize

  • First prize: Julie Livingston, Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke, 2012)
    Julie Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University
  • Second prize: Christine Walley, Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago (Chicago 2013)
    Christine Walley is Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT
  • Third prize: Kenneth T. Macleish, Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community (Princeton 2013)
    Kenneth Macleish is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt

Ethnographic Fiction Prize

  • First Prize goes to “The Professional” by Kim Huynh (Australian National University – Canberra)
  • Honorable Mention goes to “The Eye of the Needle” by Glenn Harvey Shepard (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi)

Ethnographic Poetry Prize

  • First Prize, “Malalel” by Janis Rodgers
  • Second Prize, “The Ex Fighter Returns” by Ather Zia (University of California, Irvine)
  • Third Prize, “Normaltown” by Terese V. Gagnon (University of Georgia)
  • Honorable Mention (three poems)
    “2000/5th Sun/Our Present” by Steven Alvarez (University of Kentucky)
    “The Anthropologist Returns” by Heidi Kelley (University of North Carolina, Asheville)
    “Waiting for John Nash Outside a Beijing conference Room” by Xueting Liu (University of Chicago)

2014

Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

  • First Prize: S. Lochlann Jain, for Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013)  S. Lochlann Jain is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University
  • Second Prize: Anand Pandian and M.P. Mariappan, for Ayya’s Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India (Indiana University Press, 2014) Anand Pandian is Associate Prof. of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Third Prize:  Zareena Grewal, for Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU Press, 2013). Zareena Grewal is Associate Professor of American Studies at Yale).

Ethnographic Fiction Prize

  • First Prize: “Rain” by Caitlin Baird
  • Honorable Mention: “The Street Will Never Love You Like I Do.” Kesia Alexandra

Ethnographic Poetry Prize

  • Heather Altfeld
  • Adrie Kusserow
  • John S. O’Connor

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