2003 Bronislaw Malinowski
Award Recipient
Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez


The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce that Prof. Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez has been selected as the recipient of the Bronislaw Malinowski Award for 2003. Prof. Vélez-Ibáñez currently holds the Presidential Chair in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, where he also directs the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center.

The Malinowski Award is a career achievement distinction which is presented each year by the Society to an outstanding social scientist. The Award recognizes and honors a career dedicated to the goal of solving human problems through the application of concepts and tools from the social sciences.

The Malinowski Award was initiated by the Society in 1973. Prior awardees include Gunnar Myrdal, Margaret Clark, Everett C. Hughes, Sol Tax, Elizabeth Colson, and Sir Raymond Firth.

Prof. Vélez-Ibáñez will receive the Award on March 21, 2003, at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society in Portland, Oregon. At that time, he will deliver the Malinowski Address, which is the featured presentation of the annual meeting.

Prof. Vélez-Ibáñez earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Throughout his distinguished career, he has contributed significantly to applied anthropology and particularly, to an understanding of the contemporary lives of Mexican and Mexican-American populations. Through widely respected books and many articles, he has creatively explored themes and problems central to the life of these populations- the education of children, the emergence of socially viable communities, the role of women in politics, the development of cultural identity, the political economy of border life, and the social basis of economic survival in scarce circumstances to name a few. These distinguished achievements clearly earned Prof. Vélez-Ibáñez his place among the prior recipients of this important Award.


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