Anna Romanowicz, The Activities of Feminist Non-governmental Organizations in Delhi. An Anthropological Case Study. [Adam Mickiewicz University]
Anna Romanowicz's The Activities of Feminist Non-governmental Organizations in Delhi is a provocative study on the classic observer-participant model that offers a fundamental critique of its subject. It uses class analysis to demonstrate how an NGO dedicated to the empowerment of non-elite women actually reinforces cultural and class stereotypes while primarily benefitting the social and cultural capital of its middle-class employees and the interests of its multinational sponsors.
Ian Rowen, The Geopolitics of Tourism: Mobility, Territory, and Protest in Taiwan and China. [Colorado University]
Ian Rowan's The Geopolitics of Tourism analyses tourism as a political practice serving ideological interests. Examining Chinese tourism and consequent recent events in Taiwan it argues that tourism should be viewed as a technology of state territorialisation; a mode of social and spatial ordering that produces tourists and state territory as effects of power.
Winner of the IBP 2017 Dissertation in the Social Sciences
Gauri Bharat, Place-making Through Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Santal Architectural History. [East Anglia University]
Gauri Bharat's Place-making Through Practice is an inter-disciplinary enquiry into the production, use and transformation of Santal built environments as both sites and processes. It advances an architectural history that is not about buildings alone, but which offers insights into people’s sense of their collective lives, and in particular their phenomenological engagements with the social, environmental and historical worlds that are in part defined by architecture. This all-round dissertation is the rightful winner of the IBP 2017 Dissertations Social Sciences prize.