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Diane & Dean’s book awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences

Written by r.i.c.e. on March 30th, 2017

Congrats to Dean and Diane for winning the Joseph W. Elder Prize from the American Institute of Indian Studies for their soon-to-be-published book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste.  The prize is named after Professor Joseph W. Elder, a sociologist at the University of Washington, Madison who has studied and written extensively on India, and South Asia more broadly.

In regards to the book, the prize announcement notes that:

“The members of the AIIS Publication Committee noted the book’s dramatic ethnographic case studies and well-documented statistical arguments as being of great potential value to both policy makers and general readers unaware of the magnitude and public health implications of the lack of toilets and the practice of open defecation in much of South Asia.”

See the full prize announcement here.