The Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group sponsors two separate book prizes: 1) the Nelson Graburn Book Prize for an author’s first book in the anthropology of tourism, 2) the Ed Bruner Prize for an author’s second or subsequent book.
To be eligible, books nominated this year must have been published in the past two years at the time of nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.
Watch for an announcement of the 2023 nomination cycle early next year!
- The name of the author;
- The book to be considered;
- The publisher information;
- Information for whom to contact at the press for review copies;
- Remember to indicate which prize (1st or subsequent publication).
The deadline for nominations is September 2nd, 2022.
The first awards were presented in 2018 during the meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
Nelson Graburn Book Prize
- (2022 winner) Behind the Big House: Reconciling Slavery, Race, and Heritage in the U.S. South, by Jodi Skipper.
- (2021 winner) Stuck with Tourism: Space, Power, and Labor in Contemporary Yucatán, by Matilde Córdoba Azcárate.
- (2020 winner) Destination Anthropocene: Science and Tourism in The Bahamas, by Amelia Moore. University of California Press, 2019.
- (2019 co-winner) Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism, by Bianca C. Williams. Duke University Press, 2018.
- (2019 co-winner) Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya, by George Paul Meiu. The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
- (2018 co-winner) Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba, by Valerio Simoni. Berghahn Books, 2016.
- (2018 co-winner) Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging, by Naomi Leite. University of California Press, 2017.
Edward M. Bruner Book Award
- (2022 winner) Voluntourism and Multispecies Collaboration: Life, Death, and Conservation in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, by Keri Vacanti Brondo
- (2021 winner) Indigenous Dispossession: Housing and Maya Indebtedness in Mexico, by M. Bianet Castellanos.
- (2020 co-winner) Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death, and Dying, edited by Adam Kaul and Jonathan Skinner. University Press of Colorado, 2018.
- (2020 co-winner) The Ethnography of Tourism: Ed Bruner and Beyond, edited by Naomi M. Leite, Quetzil E. Castañeda, and Kathleen M. Adams. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
- (2019 co-winner) Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal, by Mark Liechty. University of California Press, 2017.
- (2019 co-winner) Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality, by David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler. University of California Press, 2017.
- (2018 co-winner) Apprenticeship Pilgrimage: Developing Expertise through Travel and Training, by Lauren Miller Griffith and Jonathan S. Marion. Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
- (2018 co-winner) Tourism and Memories of Home: Migrants, Displaced People, Exiles and Diasporic Communities, edited by Sabine Marschall. Channel View Publications, 2017.