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Diane Coffey and Dean Spears' Book Wins Joseph W Elder Prize

Wed, March 22, 2017
Diane Coffey and Dean Spears' Book Wins Joseph W Elder Prize
American Institute of Indian Studies

Diane Coffey and Dean Spears' book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste has received the 2017 Joseph W Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences.

Praising the manuscript, which they described as “stunningly well done,” and “fascinating,” the members of the Publications Committee cited its 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. The Committee also noted the particular relevance of the critical issue about which Coffey and Spears write to the career and social service of sociologist Joe Elder, in whose name the prize was established.

In order to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) announces the award of the prize each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject in the social sciences.

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