The Stirling Award is awarded to a previously published work (article or book, in alternate years) that makes an outstanding contribution to any area of psychological anthropology.
The Stirling Award was originally established in 1968 by Rebecca and Gene Stirling. Winners of this prestigious award recognizing the best published work in psychological anthropology become members of the selection committee for a three-year rotation.
Unpublished manuscripts, dissertations, and web publications are not eligible. Edited volumes are not eligible for the book prize, but individual chapters may be submitted for the article prize. There are separate rules for nomination of books and articles; please consult the relevant rules below.
2021 Stirling Award Competition for the Best Published Article in Psychological Anthropology
Articles and chapters from edited volumes published within the last two years, July 31, 2019 – July 31, 2021 are eligible for consideration. Manuscripts scheduled to be published after July 31, 2021 will be eligible for the 2023 Stirling Award for Best Published Article.
Articles published in any peer-reviewed journal are eligible for consideration.
Nominations may be made by the author or other party, as well as by the selection committee. If not self-nominated, nominators must be active members of the American Anthropological Association. The nominator must arrange to have a PDF of the work emailed to the selection committee, and must include a cover letter outlining the work’s contribution to the field of psychological anthropology.
The members of the 2021 Stirling Award Committee are: Dr. Naomi Leite (Chair), Dr. Merav Shohet, and Dr. Sarah Willen.
All materials (PDF of article and cover letter) should be emailed to Dr. Leite (email@example.com) no later than September 15, 2021. In the subject line of the email, please write: “SPA Stirling Prize Submission.”
Submissions that do not include a cover letter will not be reviewed. The winner will be announced at the SPA’s Business Meeting at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, and will receive a $250 cash prize.
Any questions regarding the prize can be directed to SPA’s Secretary, Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, at firstname.lastname@example.org
All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.
|Past Stirling Prize Winners|
|2020||Sarah WIllen, PhD, Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel's Margins, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.|
|2019||Nicholas Long, PhD, for his article published in Ethos (2018, Volume 46), “Suggestions of Power: Searching for Efficacy in Indonesia’s Hypnosis Boom.”|
|2018||Naomi Leite, Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging, UC Press, 2017.|
|2017||Rebecca Lester, Self-governance, psychotherapy, and the subject of managed care: Internal Family Systems therapy and the multiple self in a US eating-disorders treatment center. American Ethnologist, 44: 23–35. doi:10.1111/amet.12423|
|2016||Julia Cassaniti, Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community|
|2015||Kristin Yarris, "'Pensado mucho' ('Thinking too much')": Embodied distress among grandmothers in Nicaraguan transnational families," Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 38: 473-498, 2014.|
|2014||Geoffrey Saxe, Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Papua New Guinea Studies (University of Cambridge Press)|
|2013||Talia Weiner, "The (Un)managed Self: Paradoxical Forms of Agency in Self-Management of Bipolar Disorder," Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 35(4): 448-483, 2011.|
|2012||Cheryl Mattingly, The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland (University of California Press)|
|2011||Anand Pandian, "Interior Horizons: An Ethical Space of Selfhood in South India," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16(1): 64-83, 2010.|
|2010||Elly Teman, Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self (University of California Press)|
|2009|| Rebecca Lester "Brokering Authenticity: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Ethics of Care at an American Eating Disorder Clinic," Current Anthropology 50(3), 2009.
Angela Garcia, "The Elegiac Addict: History, Chronicity, and the Melancholic Subject," Cultural Anthropology 23(4): 718-746, 2008.
|2008||Alex Hinton, Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide, University of California Press, 2005|
|2007||Everett Yuehong Zhang, "Rethinking Sexual Repression in Maoist China: Ideology, Structure, and the Ownership of the Body," Body and Society 11(3): 1-25, 2005.|
|2006||Joao Biehl, Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment, University of California Press, 2005|
|2005||Susan Seymour, "Multiple Caretaking of Infants and Young Children: An Area in Critical Need of a Feminist Psychological Anthropology," Ethos 32 (4:) 416-413, 2004.|
|2004||no prize awarded|
|2003**||Carmella Moore, Kim Romney, and Ti-Lien Hsia, "Cultural, Gender, and Individual Differences in Perceptual and Semantic Structures of Basic Colors in Chinese and English," Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2(1): 1-28, 2002|
|2002||no prize awarded|
|2001||no prize awarded|
|2000||no prize awarded|
|1999||Linda Garro, "Remembering what one knows and the construction of the past: a comparison of cultural consensus theory and cultural schema theory," Ethos 28: 275-319, 2000.|
|1998||no prize awarded|
|1997||Yoram Bilu and Yehuda C. Goodman|
|1996||no prize awarded|
|1995*||Christopher Boehm, "Egalitarian behavior and reverse dominance hierarchy" Current Anthropology 34: 227-254, 1993|
|1994||no prize awarded|
|1992||Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson, "Immanuel Kant among the Tenejapans: anthropology as empirical philosophy," Ethos 22(1):3-41 1994|
|1991||Steve Derné, "Beyond institutional and impulsive conceptions of self: family structure and the socially anchored real self," Ethos 20(3):259-88|
|1990||Janis Jenkins, "Anthropology, Expressed Emotion, and Schizophrenia," Ethos 19: 387-431, 1991|
|1989||Charles W. Nuckolls, "Culture and Causal Thinking: Diagnosis and Prediction in a South Indian Fishing Village," Ethos 19(1):3-51, 1991|
|1988||Thomas J. Csordas and Thomas Gregor|
|1987||Dennis B. McGilvray|
|1986||T. M. Luhrmann, The magic of secrecy," Ethos 17(2):131-166, 1989|
|1983||Claudia Strauss, "Beyond 'formal' vs. 'informal' education: Uses of psychological theory in anthropological research," Ethos 12(3):195-222, 1984|
|1982||no prize awarded|
|1981||no prize awarded|
|1979||William W. Dressler|
|1978||Susan Abbot and Ruben Klein, "Depression and Anxiety among Rural Kikuyu in Kenya"|
|1976||Lorraine Kirk and Michael Burton|
|1975||Nancy G. Graves and Theodore D. Graves|
|1974||Charlene Bolton, Ralph Bolton, Carol Michelson and Jeffrey Wilde|
|1973||no prize awarded|
|1970||Carolyn Henning Brown|
|1969||James P. Spradley|
|** prize redefined as best published work
* after 1995, the prize is offered on a biennial basis