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BRYCE WOOD BOOK AWARD

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In 1988, the Executive Council of LASA began accepting nominations for the Bryce Wood Book Award. A fund created to commemorate Professor Wood’s name. Susan Eckstein and the Council worked for two years to devise a formula that would give feasibility and integrity to an award in the far-reaching field of Latin American Studies. The most vexing problem was how to limit the potentially enormous pool without excluding books written by Latin Americans. To truly reflect the international community of scholar in Latin American studies, they wanted to include, as would Bryce Wood, books published in Spanish and Portuguese. It seemed nearly impossible, however, to acquire a representative sample of publications from so many countries. On practical grounds, the Executive Council regretfully decided to limit the award initially to books published in English. At least some works by Latin Americans appear in that Language. (Later the Premio Iberoamericano came into existence to award books published in Spanish and Portuguese)

This award is given at each Congress to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.

2017

WINNING BOOK: Michael Albertus Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform (University of Chicago)
WINNING BOOK: Barbara E. Mundy The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City (Fordham University)

2016

WINNING BOOK: Ann Twinam Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford University Press)
HONORABLE MENTION: Fabiana Li Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism and Expertise in Peru (Duke University Press)

2015

WINNING BOOK: David Carey Jr. I ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (University of Texas at Austin)
WINNING BOOK: Thomas M. Klubock La Frontera: Forest and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory (Duke University Press)

2014

WINNING BOOK: Lillian Guerra Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971 (University of North Carolina Press)
HONORABLE MENTION: Marc Hertzman Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil (Duke University Press)

2013

WINNING BOOK: Joanne Rappaport and Tom Cummins Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes (Duke University Press, 2012)
HONORABLE MENTION: Isaac Campos Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

2012

WINNING BOOK: Jody Pavilak Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front on the Cold War
HONORABLE MENTION: Kathryn Burns Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru
HONORABLE MENTION: James Mahoney Colonialism and Development:Spanish America in Comparative Perspective

2010

WINNING BOOK: Brian DeLay War of a Thousand Deserts
HONORABLE MENTION: Lauren Derby The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo

2009

WINNING BOOK: Winifred Tate Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia
HONORABLE MENTION: Carmelo Mesa Lago Reassembling Social Security: A Survey of Pensions and Health Care Reforms In Latin America

2007

WINNING BOOK: Myrna I. Santiago The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938
HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Battling for Hearts and Minds. Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973-1988 (Vol 2)

2006

WINNING BOOK: Sybille Fisher Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution
HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Remembering Pinochet´s Chile: on the Eve of London 1998

2004

WINNING BOOK: Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical
HONORABLE MENTION: Leslie Salzinger, Genders in Production. Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories

2003

WINNING BOOK: Carmen Diana Deere and Magdalena León, Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002)
HONORABLE MENTION: Francine Masiello, The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis (Duke University Press, 2002)

2001

WINNING BOOK: Greg Grandin, The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation
HONORABLE MENTION: Louis A. Perez, Jr. On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture

2000

WINNING BOOK: Friedrich Katz, The Life and Times of Pancha Villa
HONORABLE MENTION: José C. Moya, Cousins and Strangers

1998

WINNING BOOK: Mary Kay Vaughan,Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940
HONORABLE MENTION: Terry Karl, The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States
HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Monsivais, Mexican Postcards

1997

WINNING BOOK: William B. Taylor, Magistrates of the Sacred: Priests and Parishioners in Eighteenth Century Mexico
HONORABLE MENTION: Warren Dean, With Broadax and Firebrand: the Destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

1995

WINNING BOOK: Florencia Mallon, Peasant and Nation: The Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru
HONORABLE MENTION: Robert G. Williams, States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America
HONORABLE MENTION: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Life on the Hyphen: the Cuban-American Way

1994

WINNING BOOK: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Berkeley, 1992 [A Centennial Book])
HONORABLE MENTION: Gordon Brotherston, Book of the Fourth World: Reading the Native Americans through Their History (Cambridge, 1992)
HONORABLE MENTION: Joyce Marcus, Meso-American Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth and History in Four Ancient Civilizations (Princeton, 1992)

1992

WINNING BOOK: Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Myth and Archives: A Theory of the Latin American Narrative (Cambridge University Press)
FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Ramón A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away (Stanford University Press)
SECOND HONORABLE MENTION: Nicholas Shumway,The Invention of Argentina (University of California Press

1991

WINNING BOOK: Paul Drake, The Money Doctor in the Andes: The Kemmerer Missions, 1923-1933

1989

WINNING BOOK: Thomas Skidmore, The Politics of Military Rule In Brazil, 1964-1985
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