2012 Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Prize for “Most Notable Recent Edited Collection” for Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes: Global Encounters with New Biotechnologies, eds. Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Marcia C. Inhorn (Berghahn Books 2009).
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Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, PhD The Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies University of Haifa Mt. Carmel, Israel
Marcia Inhorn, PhD William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs Yale University New Haven, CT
October 14, 2012
Dear Drs. Birenbaum-Carmeli and Inhorn,
On behalf of the Council for Anthropology and Reproduction, I am delighted to notify you that Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes was selected as co-winner of the Most Notable Recent Collection Book Prize for 2012. Our prize committee reviewed a substantial pool of nominations, looking for theoretical contributions, cross-cultural and topical diversity, and impact on the field. Your volume, together with co-winner Reproduction, Globalization and the State, rose to the top. As the prize committee report concluded:
Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes weaves together a global breadth of case data on the gendered experience of reproductive technology. In addition to having several important studies of reproduction vis-à-vis human trafficking and human rights scholarship, it is also a volume that has received attention and review from a broad range of science and technology scholars. Birenbaum-Carmeli and Inhorn make a strong contribution to anthropological inquiry of reproductive and genetic technologies by examining their reception in sites outside of their Euroamerican origins. The chapters are ethnographically rich and illustrate the processes by which localization occurs, in diverse (and sometimes contested) ways.
Please let us know if either of you will be attending the CAR business meeting (scheduled for Saturday, November 17 from 12:15-1:30 PM) at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, so that we might congratulate you in person. We hope to announce the award at the SMA business meeting as well.
Congratulations! The committee was highly impressed with the collection as a whole. Thank you for this notable contribution to the anthropology of reproduction.
Claire Wendland (Chair, Council for Anthropology and Reproduction) for the CAR Edited Collection Award Committee.