The Society for Economic Anthropology Book Prize: Call for Submissions

The SEA Book Prize Committee is looking for the best book in economic anthropology published over the last 3 years. The committee requests nominations for single-authored volumes published between 2014 and 2016 that focus on issues in economic anthropology. Author must be SEA members at the time of their book’s submission. Nonmembers whose books are nominated will have the opportunity to join the SEA and be considered for this prize. SEA is a member organization of the American Anthropological Association.

Previous winners of the Society for Economic Anthropology’s book prize are:

  • 2003 Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg-Hansen
  • 2005 Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Ted Bestor
  • 2008 Global Outlaws: Crime, money and power in the Contemporary World by Carolyn Nordstrom AND Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food from Buccaneers to Ecotourists by Richard Wilk
  • 2011 Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets by Sarah Lyons
  • 2014 The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India by Sarah Besky

The book prize includes a $500 award, and will be presented during the Society for Economic Anthropology spring meeting and announced in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News.

Deadline for nominations is November 1, 2016.

Books must be published in 2014, 2015, or 2016.

Nominations must include

  1. Author (s) name(s)
  2. Book title
  3. Publication information including date and publisher
  4. A paragraph summarizing the book’s argument
  5. A brief description of how the nominated book fits into economic anthropology
  6. Contact information for submitter (name, email, and phone number)

Please email your nomination, including book title and author name(s) to the book prize committee co-chairs, Deborah Winslow (dwinslow[at]nsf[dot]gov) and Sarah Besky (sarah_besky[at]brown[dot]edu). Please put “SEA book prize nomination” in the subject line of the email. Questions may be addressed to Deborah Winslow.

Seeking applicants for Editor, Economic Anthropology. Deadline for Submissions: November 4, 2016

The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of
the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. As of 2016, the Editor oversees production of two issues per year.

The position is an unpaid service commitment, but offers unusual opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. Economic Anthropology had the highest rate of growth for readership across all the AAA journals in 2015. The number of full-text downloads of EA articles increased from 3,279 in 2014 to 7,165 in 2015—an increase of 119 percent.

The position will begin officially in April 2017 at the SEA annual spring meeting. However, current Editor Kate Browne requests that a transitional plan begin by January 2017. This plan would include collaboration to ensure the journal’s seamless transition.

Specific tasks of Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, and production personnel at Wiley, supervising the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, and keeping records. Templates for communication and database records are established.

Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication skills, time management and record keeping skills, and an average of 5 hours/week during most of the year in order to stay atop of the steady demands of the journal. The SEA suggests that the editor seek support from his or her institution for the work involved with a journal that is becoming recognized for its quality and reach.

Background of Economic Anthropology
Economic Anthropology was founded in 2013 as a part of the SEA negotiations with AAA to bring the SEA into the umbrella organization. The first publication appeared in January 2014 under the capable management of Editor, Lisa Cliggett, who also oversaw production of several successive issues. Kate Browne became Editor in 2015 and initiated a shortened timeframe from submission to publication of one year.

Of the two issues per year, one, based on the previous year’s SEA meeting, is guest-edited by the Program Chair(s) of that meeting. Kate Browne inaugurated a second annual issue of EA that allows “open submissions” of papers and features both regular-length papers and a special Symposium forum with five short essays by high-profile economic anthropologists. The first open-submission issue will appear this January 2017.

Please send:
1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
2. A statement of interest in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, what strengths and capabilities you would bring to the editorship, and the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.

Please send Applications to: Lynne Milgram, Chair, EA Search Committee at
Deadline for Submissions: November 4, 2016.

Economic Anthropology – Issues List:
January 2014: EA 1:1 —Social Economies of Greed and Excess
January 2015: EA 2:1 —The Political Economy of Cities
June 2015: EA 2:2 —Inequality
January 2016: EA 3:1 —Energy
June 2016: EA 3:2—Technologies and Transformation of Economies
January 2017 EA 4.1—Open issue with Symposium Essays
June 2017: EA 4.2—Risk and Resilience

Risk and resilience photo entry: Greg Gullette


Photo by Greg Gullette

Description: Over the past few years I have examined rural-urban migration and the effects of urban expansion on households’ livelihoods.  This includes social prejudices often experienced among ‘rural’ migrants relocated to urban centers in Thailand who often find work in informal economies or street stall vending, as well as the ways in which agrarian households located on the fringes of Bangkok engage in similar forms of labor to manage the social, economic, and environmental effects of urbanization.  As demonstrated in this photo taken at sunset in Thailand, the fields that anthropologists work within are increasingly complex and present notable challenges for research that seeks to understand the expansive and interconnected natures of urban growth, social and demographic change, livelihood adjustments, and environmental effects.

Risk and resilience photo entry: Leann Leiter


Photo credit: Leann Leiter, MA in Sustainable Communities candidate, Northern Arizona University

Title: Everyday Readiness

Description: I am conducting a participatory research study in the small village in Northern Arizona where I live, which has recently been threatened by wildfires and experienced several minor earthquakes. I have asked my neighbors to contemplate what “disaster” means to them, and photo-document things in and around their households that represent their vulnerability or resilience in the face of potential disaster. I decided to join them in the process. The items in this image are the partial contents of what I call my “Apoco-pac,” a bag I keep packed at all times in case of emergency or evacuation. The items – ranging from cordage to a compass – help me feel prepared for the unknown on an everyday basis.

New REA volume: Climate change, Culture and Economics

We are delighted to announce the publication of Climate Change, Culture, and Economics edited by Donald C. Wood, Akita University. This is volume 35 in the Research in Economic Anthropology series, which is sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology. This special volume of REA facilitates readers to better understand the ways in which people around the world have adapted (or failed to adapt) culturally to changing economic conditions caused by climate change. It focuses on specific situations in particular locations, showcasing (and confirming) the strength and value of intensive ethnographic or archaeological investigation.

SEA members will be entitled to a 40% discount on this volume six months following publication, in March 2016. The previous volume, Production, Consumption, Business and the Economy: Structural Ideals and Moral Realities (Volume 34), is now available at a 40% discount. To redeem this offer go to and enter the code SEA-REA.

More information here.