Davis Center Book Prize Awarded at 2014 ASEEES Convention

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies, awarded annually by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for outstanding monograph on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology or geography, has been announced for 2014.

Erin Koch's book Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia (Vanderbilt University Press) is the winner of this year's award. The study chronicles how market reforms and standardized treatment programs have both influenced and undermined the management of tuberculosis care. The author's ethnographic approach challenges the conventional story of success told by statistics alone.

Anya Bernstein's Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism (University of Chicago Press) received honorable mention for the prize. The work examines the complex relationship between transnational religion and politics through the lens of the Buryats, presenting cases in which certain people and their bodies became key sites through which this population conformed to and challenged Russian political rule.

Honorable mention also went to Krisztina Fehervary for her book Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary (Indiana University Press). Her monograph shows that contempoary standards of living and ideas about normalcy have roots in late socialist consumer culture and are not merely products of postsocialist transitions or neoliberalism.

The prize winners will be recognized during the ASEEES Annual Convention award ceremony on Saturday, November 22, in San Antonio.