Last year the Society for Cultural Anthropology announced the creation of the Gregory Bateson Book Prize for the best work of “ethnographic analysis and anthropological thought from any disciplinary tradition.” And the winner is…
Barry F. Sauder’s CT Suite: The Work of Diagnosis in the Age of Noninvasive Cutting Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 2008.
For those who don’t know about it yet, this book is amazing. It’s hand’s down the best medical anthro book I’ve read in a while, and Saunders is erudite and witty and creative with the material and the questions he explores. It’s part detective story, part ethnography of work, part media anthropology and good all over.
The shortlist avowedly does not suck either… except for one book by some asshole who studies nerds… I have no idea what posessed the prize committee to include it.
Jessica Cattelino, High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke)
Gayle Greene, Insomniac: A Memoir (California)
Susan Greenhalgh, Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China
Christopher M. Kelty, Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke)