Story posted September 08, 2011
Kristen Ghodsee's book, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2009) has won the 2011 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology.
The prize honors the best book published annually in Europeanist anthropology and is selected by a panel of members of the Society for Anthropology of Europe, part of the American Anthropological Association.
Ghodsee's ethnography traces the social and economic changes among the Pomaks, Bulgarian-speaking Muslim inhabitants of a remote mountain village. She explores how gender relations among the Pomaks had to be renegotiated after the collapse of both Communism and the region's state-subsidized lead and zinc mines
Previously, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe was awarded the 2010 Heldt Prize for best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.