Carolyn Sargent, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis has received the 2012 Ellen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for her book Reproduction, Globalization, and the State: New Theoretical and Ethnographic Perspectives. The Basker Memorial Prize is awarded to the work judged to be the most courageous, significant, and potentially influential contribution to scholarship in the area of gender and health.
"This book fills a void in medical anthropology by bringing together anthropological work on globalization and the state with a uniquely gendered medical anthropology of reproductive practices. In exploring the consequences of global, state and local policies on human reproduction across a wide range of ethnographic contexts, this volume defines and operationalizes the constructs of individual, local, state, and global, in relation to reproductive activities in today’s world; achieves a more nuanced understanding of human “agency” through finely textured analyses of diverse facets of reproduction and reproductive health; and moves beyond the limitations of conventional methodology. The volume represents a groundbreaking attempt to formulate a global ethnography of reproduction that engages multiple analytical levels and disparate dimensions of human activity into a unified analytical frame."
~Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Carleton College