Society for the Anthropology of Work







A reminder that the deadline for the Diana Forsythe Book Prize is July 31st!  Please send nominations to Joao

Biehl at jbiehl@Princeton.EDU.

2014 Call for Nominations

The SAW Book Prize will be awarded this year to an edited collection (not a single- or co-authored monograph) published within 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 will be given to books based on fieldwork and which have not received another award or prize.

The selection committee consists of members of the Society for the Anthropology of Work. We invite nominations from scholars in all four subfields, book editors, and publishers, including self-nominations. The prize will be awarded at the business meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Work at this year’s meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, December 3 - 7. 

Past award recipients are:

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).

Submissions are due by May 31, 2014. Please send an email to co-chairs Jim Weil at and Eve Hochwald at, describing the book’s contribution to the field, accompanied by reviews, if available. You then will be asked to send copies of the book to the committee members. The prize winner and list of other finalists will be announced by August 1, 2014.

2014 Annual Meeting Program Chairs

The SAW program co-chairs for the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting are Caitrin Lynch ( and Samuel Weeks (  Please feel free to contact us regarding submission of your papers, posters, or roundtable sessions. We especially encourage those considering submitting Invited Sessions to contact us in advance.


Society for the Anthropology of Work – 2013 Book Prize


Holmes, Seth. 2013. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Mole, Noelle J.  2011. Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy: Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

 2012 Book Prize

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

In A Company of One, Carrie Lane brings together a large body of scholarship on neoliberalism and her own in-depth research in the Dallas area to show how contemporary white collar workers deal with their careers and sense of identity in an era of job insecurity. Three years of research interviewing laid-off high-tech workers—focusing on their “own words and experiences” and participating in networking events—provides the basis for an incisive discussion of work today. The topic of unemployment is important theoretically and stands out as a burning public issue, making this a timely, ground-breaking study. The coverage of the relevant literature on meritocratic individualism, among other themes, is masterful. Particularly strong is the assessment of changing gender roles in comparing the current wave of unemployment to previous recessions. Lane interweaves the words of her interlocutors into her analysis of unemployment, exploring the work of non-work and the repercussions of the ongoing crisis. She demonstrates how laid-off workers buy into an ideology that puts the burden of global economic and political problems on their own shoulders. Her excellent writing makes this book appealing to a wide audience within and beyond anthropology.

Other Finalists

Many of the eighteen nominees had strong advocates on the selection committee.  According to the criteria established for the prize, the four selected as finalists were ranked highest by the committee as a whole and a consensus was reached on the outstanding attributes of the winner. Note: committee members recused themselves from ranking books in two cases where they had previously worked with the authors.


Peter Benson, Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Jakob Krause-Jensen, Flexible Firm: The Design of Culture at Bang Olufsen. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010.

Caitrin Lynch, Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (ILR Press), 2012.



SAW Travel Awards:


SAW welcomes student submis­sions and will provide June Nash Student Travel Awards of $250 to all students who present papers on SAW-reviewed panels. This year we are pleased to announce the new SAW Fellows Program, which provides financial assistance ($250) to all unemployed or underemployed scholars who present papers on SAW-sponsored panels. This category includes individuals working as adjuncts, contingent employees, and others in non-tenure-track positions. To receive these awards you need only: 1) serve as a panelist, chair, or roundtable participant on a SAW-sponsored session at the 2012 AAA Meeting; 2) email SAW Treasurer Susanne Cohen ( before or after the meeting; and 3) provide Susanne with receipts for travel and/or accommodations (electronic receipts are fine) and confirm that at least $250 of your travel expenses to the Annual Meeting were not covered by other funding sources.