Institute Professor Catherine Lutz was recently awarded the Society for the Anthropology of North America’s prize for distinguished achievement in the critical study of North America. The co-author most recently of Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effects on Our Lives
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Lutz has been particularly vocal recently about car loans – “a massive load of debt … that has grown to become a larger component of national household debt than credit cards, itself a crushing $800 billion dollars,” as she writes this week on the Huffington Post
. A video inspired by her book accompanies her opinion piece.
Car Crash from Watson Institute on Vimeo.
The problems of car-dependence and car debt are not unique to America but are expanding globally, Lutz has also pointed out on the Global Conversation
. They will increasingly create challenges for mobility, land-use, and equality in rapidly motorizing states including India, China, and Brazil, she says.
The SANA Prize is awarded each year to a senior anthropologist “for broad-based contributions to research, teaching and service related to the development of critical studies of North America. The award recognizes a distinguished long-term program of research and publication, and also takes into account contributions in other areas, such teaching and training, SANA/AAA service, and community, activist, practice, or policy involvements outside academia.”
Lutz, who is chair of Brown’s Anthropology Department, has also published the co-authored Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Speak Out against the War
(University of California Press, 2010), The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against US Military Posts
(New York University Press, 2009), Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics
(New York University Press, 2007, winner of a Society for the Anthropology of North America book award), and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century
(Beacon Press, 2001, winner of the Leeds Prize and the Victor Turner Prize).