Duana Fullwiley's book The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa (Princeton University Press, 2011) has been awarded The Robert B Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. The prize committee writes:
"The nomination and publication submitted for Dr. Duana Fullwiley represent a scholar whose work exemplifies complex cross-disciplinary anthropological research in its broad contributions to medical anthropology. Duana’s work on the biology, meaning, and politics of sickle cell genomics in West Africa is an exemplary model of excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. As an innovative inaugural ethnography that focuses on understanding a key genetic disorder in Africa, the Enculturated Gene, is an excellent example of translational medicine in its synergistic view of both the science of gene expression and the exploration of disease conceptualization in multiple stakeholder groups. This work combines rich ethnographic research on the cultural, political, and community definitions and meanings of both genetics and population health from multiple constituent perspectives that, together, form an important framework for translational health research and policy related to health disparities, economic disparities, structural adjustment policies, clinical management, and community engagement. The committee felt that the work clearly met the criteria of being a contribution that 'will allow citizens, leaders and governments to make informed policy choices, and thereby improve their society’s or community’s chances for realizing preferred futures and avoiding unwanted ones.'"
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