A long road to publication
“Writing a book is such a long project — in this case, 10 years! — and you really don’t know how it’s going to be received when it’s finally out there. Recognition like this is always great,” says Hetherington, who is also director of the Concordia Ethnography Lab.
He is very happy the book was recognized by two such different groups, saying it speaks to the scope of the subject. He’s also glad he was able to share the Julian Steward Award with Stamatapoulou-Robbins.
And Hetherington is quick to share credit for the book’s success.
“My department is an incredibly rich and intellectually diverse place that gives us the freedom and support to do the research that we think is important. I’ve also been privileged to be surrounded by amazing graduate students who keep pushing me to learn more and think more deeply about these issues,” he notes.
“But most importantly, the research would have been impossible without the help of countless people in Paraguay who have been working with me for years on this project.”
Hetherington has no plans to slow down. His ethnography lab is currently working on a collaborative project involving urban water politics.
And, no surprise — as soon as the pandemic allows, he’s heading back to Paraguay. There he will be working on a collaborative project involving small farmers impacted by the factors described in his award-winning book.
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