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SANA Statement on U.S. Immigration Practices

The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) condemns in the strongest possible terms recent actions taken against migrants by the current administration. In particular, we call for a permanent moratorium on the practice of separating children from parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and we demand that children and their families be reunited and released from U.S. detention facilities into the U.S. interior. We further demand that the administration end criminalization of migrants, recognize asylum claims based on threats of gender-based and organized violence, and, in general, treat asylum seekers and all migrants with dignity, care, and respect. Moreover, we call on the administration to acknowledge and address long-standing U.S. policies that have contributed to the erosion of safety and stability in migrants’ home societies across Latin America and the world. As a society with members who have expertise on human mobility across the North American continent, as well as on state-sponsored violence against migrants and others who are socially and legally devalued, we emphatically reject the racist, xenophobic, and patriarchal ideologies and policies advanced by this administration and others before it. ​​

JANA: Journal of the Anthropology of North America

The peer-reviewed Journal for the Anthropology of North America (JANA) has launched in the spring of 2018. The inaugural issue features research articles, a book review, and two new sections: Come to Terms and Snapshot.

Read more about the Journal for Anthropology of North America by clicking on the tab at the left side of the website navigation menu.

2018 SANA Book Award Call for Nominations

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 SANA Book Award. The prize will be announced at the 2018 American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings, Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA​.

SANA in Anthropology News

An Anthropology of North America for the World

Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America

There were many excellent nominations this year for the SANA Book award. The committee decided to share the award this year between two awardees.

Honorable mention  goes to to Sarah Horton for They Leave their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury and Illegality among US Workers (UC Press).

Yolanda Moses awarded 2017 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America

Yolanda Moses was awarded the 2017 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. Inaugurated in 1994, the SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement recognizes scholars with a notable long-term program of research and publication, and also takes into account contributions in other areas, such as teaching and training, SANA/AAA service, and community, activist, or policy involvements outside academia. 

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