The Ruth Benedict Prize

The 2017 Call for Submissions will be announced soon! 

The Ruth Benedict Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender topic. The Ruth Benedict Prize is awarded in each of two separate categories: one for a single-authored monograph and another for an edited volume. Submissions may be on any topic related to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, or other gender / sexual formations and categories from any world culture area. Topics may include the study of normativity, queer theory, and the social/historical construction of sexual and gender identities, discourses and categories. Authors may represent any scholarly discipline, but the material submitted must engage anthropological theories and methods.

Benedict Prize Winners

2016

MONOGRAPHS

David A. B. Murray
Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

 

Honorable Mention:
Gregory Mitchell
Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil’s Sexual Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

 

EDITED VOLUME

 Uriel QuesadaLetitia GomezSalvador Vidal-Ortiz
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism (University of Texas Press, 2015)

 

2015

MONOGRAPHS

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Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion (Duke University Press, 2014)

 

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Honorable Mention:
Bobby Benedicto
Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, 2014)

 

EDITED VOLUME

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Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies
Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations (Rutledge, 2015)

 

2014

MONOGRAPHS

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After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in  Post-Soviety Cuba (Duke University Press, 2014)

 

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Elisabeth L. Engebretsen
Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography (Routledge Press, 2014)

 

EDITED VOLUME

41DUzGYuOsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Lal Zimman, Jenny Davis, and Joshua Raclaw Queer Excusions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 2014)

 

2013

MONOGRAPHS

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Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics
(Duke University Press, 2012)

 

Sex-in-TransitionHonorable Mention:
Amanda Lock Swarr
Sex in Transition: Rethinking Gender and Race in South African (State University of New York Press, 2012)

 

EDITED VOLUME

Transgender-Reader-2Susan Stryker and Aren Aizura The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (Routledge Press, 2013)

 

 

2012

MONOGRAPHS

Margot Weiss
Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2012)

 

Honorable Mention:
Scott Lauria Morgensen
Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonialization
(University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

EDITED VOLUME

Gayle Rubin
Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader

(Duke University Press, 2011)

 

2011

MONOGRAPHS

Evelyn Blackwood
Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia

(Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010)

 

Roger N. Lancaster
Sex Panic and the Punitive State
(University of California Press, 2011)

 

 

EDITED VOLUME

Peter A. Jackson
Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights

(Hong Kong University Press, 2011)

 

 

2010

MONOGRAPHS

Deborah Gould
Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS

(University of Chicago Press, 2009)

 

Ellen Lewin
Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America
(University of Chicago Press, 2009)

 

EDITED VOLUME

David A. B. Murray
Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space

(Duke University Press, 2009)

 

 

2009

MONOGRAPHS

Rudolf Pell Gaudio
Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic City
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
Mary L. Gray
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America
(New York University Press, 2009)

 

EDITED VOLUME

Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap, Editors
Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

 

2008

Mark Padilla
Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic
(University Of Chicago Press, 2007)

 

Barbara L. Voss
The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco
(University of California Press, 2008)

 

2007

MONOGRAPHS

David Valentine
Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category
(Duke University Press, 2007)

 

 

Gloria Wekker
The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora
(Columbia University Press, 2007)

 

EDITED VOLUME

Saskia Wieringa, Evelyn Blackwood, and Abha Bhaiya, Editors
Women’s Sexualities and Masculinities in a Globalizing Asia
(Palgrave Press, 2007)

 

 

2006

Tanya Erzen
Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement
(University of California Press, 2006)

 

2005

Tom Boellstorff
The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia
(Princeton University Press, 2005)

 

2004

MONOGRAPH

Megan Sinnot
Toms and Dees: Transgender Identity and Female Same-Sex Relationships in Thailand
(University of Hawaii Press, 2004)

EDITED VOLUME

Ellen Lewin and William L. Leap, Editors
Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology
(University of Illinois Press, 2004)

 

 

2003

Martin F. Manalansan IV
Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora
(Duke University Press, 2003)

 

 

2002

Hector Carrillo
The Night is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS
(University of Chicago Press, 2002)

 

 

2001

Arlene Stein
The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights
(Beacon Press, 2001)

 

2000

MONOGRAPHS

Esther Newton
Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas
(Duke University Press, 2000)

 
Stephen O. Murray
Homosexualities
(University of Chicago Press, 2000)

 

 

EDITED VOLUME


Barbara L. Voss and Robert A. Schmidt, Editors
Archaeologies of Sexuality
(Routledge, 2000)

 

1999

Evelyn Blackwood and Saskia E. Wieringa, Editors
Female Desires: Same Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures
(Columbia University Press, 1999)

 

1998

Jennifer Robertson
Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
(University of California Press, 1998)

 

 

1997

MONOGRAPH

Kath Weston
Render Me, Gender Me: Lesbians Talk Sex, Class, Color, Nation, Studmuffins
(Columbia University Press, 1996)

 

EDITED VOLUME

Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang, Editors
Two-spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality
(University of Illinois Press, 1997)

 

1996

William L. Leap
Word’s Out: Gay Men’s English
(University of Minnesota Press, 1996)

 

 

Carter Wilson
Hidden in the Blood: A Personal Investigation of AIDS in the Yucatan
(Columbia University Press, 1995)

 

 

1995

Joseph Carrier
De Los Otros: Intimacy and Homosexuality Among Mexican Men
(Columbia University Press, 1995)

 

 

1994

Esther Newton
Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town
(Beacon Press, 1993)

 

 

1993

Roger Lancaster
Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua
(University of California Press, 1992)

 

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis
Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community
(Routledge, 1993)

 

1992

Ellen Lewin
Lesbian Mothers: Accounts of Gender in American Culture
(Cornell University Press, 1993)

 

 

1991

Richard Parker
Bodies, Pleasures, and Passions: Sexual Culture in Contemporary Brazil
(Beacon Press, 1991)

 

1990

Kath Weston
Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship
(Columbia University Press, 1991)

 

 

Serena Nanda
Neither Man nor Woman: The Hijras of India
(Wadsworth Press, 1990)

 

 

1987

Gilbert Herdt
The Sambia: Ritual and Gender in New Guinea
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1987)

 

 

1986

Walter L. Williams
The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture
(Beacon Press, 1986)