Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 2, 2001Volume 29, Number 17

Kathryn Marie Dudley

Book on postindustrial America wins Mead Award

Kathryn Marie Dudley, associate professor of American studies and anthropology, won the 2000-01 Margaret Mead Award presented annually by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association.

The award is given to a younger scholar for work that extends the impact of anthropology to the general public -- a skill that was widely admired in Margaret Mead, the pioneering anthropologist for whom the award is named. The award will be presented at the associations' annual meeting in the spring.

The Margaret Mead Award recognizes Dudley's first book, "The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America" (Chicago 1994), in which she examines the social and economic impact of the closing of an auto plant in the Midwest.

The book discusses economic restructuring in a way that is accessible to anthropologists as well as labor historians, union leaders, rural activists and the general public.

"The End of the Line" also won the Harry Chapin Media Award for Best Book and the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award.

Dudley has assumed a leadership role within the American Anthropological Association and is helping to set an agenda for the study of American culture in the years ahead. To that end, she edited "Anthropology and Middle Class Working Families: A Future Research Agenda" with Mary Margaret Overby.

In her newest book, "Debt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America's Heartland" (Chicago 2000), Dudley examines the farm crisis of the 1980s. She chronicles the experience of financial failure in a culture that extols independent business management, competitive production and self-sufficiency. In her analysis, farming is emblematic of the spirit of enterprise that animates a market-oriented society. She explores such questions as: What does it take to be middle class in America? What kind of community is possible in a competitive capitalist society?

Dudley received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1991, where she taught prior to joining the Yale faculty in 1993. She has lectured widely and been interviewed on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."


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