Dr. Tara Cookson has been awarded the 2019 Sarah A. Whaley Book Prize for her book Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs.
The prize is awarded by the National Women’s Studies Association for groundbreaking scholarship in women’s studies that makes significant feminist contributions to the topic of women and labor.
The awarding committee reported: “In Unjust Conditions, Tara Patricia Cookson reveals the hidden costs of programs instituted to change the behavior of poor people and critiques the rhetoric of social inclusion that is based on high conditionality. Through rigorous ethnographic work, Cookson documents women’s care work and the high price they pay for receiving aid from the state and international programs. In doing so, Cookson challenges powerful institutions as well as her readers to think beyond quantitative measures to truly create a just and caring society.”
Unjust Conditions previously received the 2018 AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography.