The Stirling Prize for Best Published Book in Psychological Anthropology was awarded to Cheryl Mattingly (U Southern California), for The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland (University of California Press). This book builds on Mattingly’s previous research and focuses on the urban hospital as borderland and the ways in which African American families with children who have been diagnosed with serious medical conditions seek to reimagine hope.

Sara Lewis was the recipient of the Condon Prize, which is awarded for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology. Sara, who is a PhD candidate at Columbia University, won for her essay “Trauma and the Making of Flexible Minds in the Tibetan Exile Community.”  The essay draws on Sara’s fieldwork in Dharamsala, India, where she investigated how Buddhism and other sociocultural factors support coping and resilience among Tibetan refugees. A version of this essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Ethos.

Douglas Hollan was the recipient of the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology for his paper “On the Varieties and Particularities of Cultural Experience”, published in Ethos. In his paper, Hollan argues that psychoanalysis and cultural phenomenology, far from being incompatible, can inform one another in productive ways. He argues that the two perspectives can be fruitfully brought into conversation to balance the limitations of each.

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