Manchester University Press author wins landmark BBC award

30 Apr 2014

MUP is proud to announce that Helen Sampson has received the inaugural BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography (in association with the British Sociological Association).

Helen’s research into international research formed the basis of her book International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century (978-0719095535), published by MUP in the acclaimed series New Ethnographies.

The judges considered submissions of from an incredible range of ethnographic perspectives, from the struggles of the war wounded 'amputees' of Sierra Leone to  the hedonistic excess of young holidaymakers in Ibiza to the dreams and desires of young women in hostess bars in Cambodia.

Helen Sampson, author of International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century, said:“Writing a book on your own is a little like engaging in an extended monologue. At the end you are met with ‘deathly silence’ as you wait for the book to reach the shelves and for people to respond to it. So all feedback is very welcome. However, feedback such as this, from an independent panel of experienced and respected ethnographers is about as good as it gets.”

Dr Frances Pinter, CEO Manchester University Press said: “At MUP we’re thrilled that Professor Sampson has won the first BSA/BBC ethnography prize. As well as being an important recognition of an excellent book we’re very pleased to see that ethnography, as an interdisciplinary research method that we have had the pleasure of nurturing, is moving onto centre stage.”

Notes for editors

International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century
(ISBN 978-0719095535, price £14.99)
Based upon original qualitative research in three different settings, the book draws upon voyages undertaken by the author on five different working cargo ships. It describes the situation of seafarers from Cape Verde and Ghana searching for work in northern Germany and considers the perspectives of women married to Indian seafarers resident in Goa and Mumbai.


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