winner: Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change

Charles Lee, Associate Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, ASU

The IHR Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award is presented for a non-fiction work that exemplifies transdisciplinary, socially engaged humanities-based scholarship. This year's winner is Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change by Charles T. Lee. His innovative work on the daily experiences and actions of marginalized people such as migrant domestic workers, prostitutes, and transgendered people is central in his rethinking of mainstream models of social change. Bridging cultural and political theory with analyses of film, literature, and ethnographic sources, Lee shows how these actors find ingenious and improvisational ways to disrupt and appropriate practices of liberal citizenship: when voting and other forms of civic engagement are unavailable or ineffective, the subversive acts of a domestic worker breaking a dish, or a prostitute using the strategies and language of an entrepreneur, challenge the accepted norms of political action. Using these examples to critically reinterpret political agency, citizenship practices, and social transformation, Lee reveals the limits of organizing change around a human rights discourse. Moreover, his subjects offer crucial lessons in how to turn even the worst conditions and the most unstable positions in society into footholds for a transformative and democratic agency.

Honorable Mentions

Technicians of Human Dignity: Bodies, Souls, and the Making of Intrinsic Worth (Fordham University Press)
Gaymon Bennett, Assistant Professor of Religion, Science, and Technology, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

The Literary and Linguistic Construction of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: No Ordinary Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan)
Patricia Friedrich, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Linguistics in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Other Nominees

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil (University of Texas Press)
David William Foster, Regents Professor of Portuguese & Spanish, School of International Letters and Cultures

Birdman of Assisi: Art and the Apocalyptic in the Colonial Andes (ACMRS)
Jaime Lara, Research Professor, Hispanic Research Center

At Home with the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life (Routledge)
Michael E Smith, Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Out For Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance (SUNY)
Breanne Fahs, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Hunt the Devil: A Demonology of US War Culture (University of Alabama Press)
Oscar Giner, Professor of Theatre, School of Film, Dance & Theatre; Robert L. Ivie, Professor Emeritus of American Studies & Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington

Wellbeing and Singing (Routledge)
Kay Norton, Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music

Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies (Routledge)
Tara Ison, Associate Professor of English, Department of English

Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research (Multilingual Matters)
Matt Prior, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Department of English

Hamka's Great Story (University of Wisconsin Press)
James Rush, Associate Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies