Açiksöz received the 2020 Fatema Mernissi Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for his recent book, "Sacrificial Lambs: Masculinity, Disability and Political Violence in Turkey."
UCLA International Institute, October 13, 2020 — Salih Can Açıksöz, assistant professor of anthropology at UCLA and associated faculty member of the Center for Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded the 2020 Famima Mernissi Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for his book, "Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability and Political Violence in Turkey" (UC Press, 2019). The prestigious award is given by MESA to the best work in studies of gender, sexuality, and women's lived experience.
"Sacrificial Limbs" chronicles the everyday lives and political activism of disabled veterans of Turkey’s Kurdish war, one of the most volatile conflicts in the Middle East. Through nuanced ethnographic portraits, Açiksöz examines how veterans’ experiences of war and disability are closely linked to class, gender and, ultimately, the embrace of ultranationalist right-wing politics.
Bringing the reader into military hospitals, commemorations, political demonstrations and veterans’ everyday spaces of care, intimacy and activism, "Sacrificial Limbs" provides a vivid analysis of the multiple and sometimes contradictory forces that fashion veterans’ bodies, political subjectivities and communities. It is essential reading for students and scholars interested in anthropology, masculinity and disability.
See announcement on the MESA website.