John W. Bennett

2004 Bronislaw Malinowski Award Recipient

malinowski_bennett.jpgThe Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce that John W. Bennett has been selected as the recipient of the Bronislaw Malinowski Award for 2004. Dr. Bennett is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis. He will receive the Award on April 2, 2004, at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society in Dallas, Texas.

The Malinowski Award, initiated by the SfAA in 1973, is a career achievement distinction presented each year 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. Prior awardees include Gunnar Myrdal, Margaret Clark, Everett C. Hughes, Sol Tax, Elizabeth Colson, Sir Raymond Firth, and recently, Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, Pertti Pelto, and Walter Goldschmidt.

Prof. Bennett earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1946. He held appointments at The Ohio State University from 1946 to 1959 and at Washington University from 1959 to 1985, where he also held adjunct appointments in the East Asian Studies Center and the Department of Engineering and Policy. He is currently Distinguished Anthropologist in Residence at Washington University. He has authored 17 books and over 200 papers. Among his well-known books are Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays 1994-1996 (1998), Human Ecology as Human Behavior: Essays in Environmental and Developmental Anthropology (1996), The Ecological Transition: Cultural Anthropology and Human Adaptation (1976), and Northern Plainsmen: Adaptive Strategy and Agrarian Life (1969 and 1976).

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Bennett has also contributed significantly to applied and ecological/agricultural anthropology in his research with U.S. and Canadian mid-western and northern Plains farmers, on the ecology of livestock production in East Africa, and on water resource management in six countries. Among his important applied studies of agrarian communities is Of Time and the Enterprise: North American Family Farm Management in a Context of Resource Marginality (1982). He had long involvement with nutritional anthropology and studies of postwar Japan, publishing numerous articles and two major applied works, Paternalism in the Japanese Economy (1963) and In Search of Identity: the Japanese Overseas Scholar in America and Japan (1958). His recent on-line publication, Doing Photography and Social Research in the Allied Occupation Japan, 1948-1951: A Personal and Professional Memoir, is located at

Dr. Bennett has served as consultant to the Man and the Biosphere Program of UNESCO, to the committee of the AAAS dealing with arid lands and desertification, to the Southeast Asian Conference on Human Ecology of the University of Indonesia, and on Japanese Industrialization for the SSRC. He was also an Associate of the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin and the Office of Arid Land Studies at the University of Arizona. He has been President of the Society for Applied Anthropology and of the American Ethnological Society and Chair of the Anthropology Section of the AAAS. These distinguished achievements have clearly earned Prof. Bennett his place among the prior recipients of this important award.