Seth Holmes, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, was awarded the 2014 Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) Book Award at the association’s annual conference in Ohio in October.
His book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (UC Press, 2013), was chosen among more than 50 nominated books based on four criteria: theoretical foundations in social science, systematic and innovative research methodologies, critical discussions of social justice and equality, and engagement with the solutions to the social problem.
“Dr. Holmes’s book stood out on all criteria, and we were honored to present him the award to situate his book with the tenets of our association,” said Bhoomi Thakore, chair of the AHS 2014 Book Award Committee.
The book chronicles the years Holmes spent with indigenous Mexican farmworkers, and analyzes and theorizes an underreported perspective on the structural violence, health and health care in the lives of indigenous Mexican migrant farmworkers, farm owners, and the doctors and nurses in rural America.
“I was honored to receive the same award as Javier Auyero, Alondra Nelson, Jay MacLeod, and many other excellent scholars,” says Holmes, who is also an assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
AHS is a community of sociologists, educators, scholars, and activists who share a commitment to using sociology to promote peace, equality, and social justice. The association serves as an active support network for sociologists and other scholars committed to humanist values.
By Amabelle Ocampo