Global Heartland wins the 2017 Davidoff Award

Faranak Miraftab, Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois and Framing the Global fellow, has won the 2017 Paul Davidoff Award for her book, Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives & Local Placemaking.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) has recognized an outstanding book publication every other year since 1985 in memory of Davidoff, “an eminent planner who established the field of advocacy planning and who was an unyielding force for justice and social equity in the profession.”

An account of diverse, dispossessed, and displaced people brought together in a former sundown town in Illinois, Global Heartland was heralded by ASCP’s award committee as a “beautifully written, theoretically rooted study, of great current importance” that engages its readers in the “present historical conjuncture, its specific injustices, and what this moment therefore demands of us as topics of scholarship.” The committee also felt that Miraftab “makes a great contribution to planning scholarship both in terms of her translocal relational methodologies and her analytical framework of the global restructuring of social reproduction.”

Global Heartland is also the winner of the Global & Transnational Sociology section Book Award, American Sociological Association (ASA) and a C. Wright Mills Book Award, Society for Study of Social Problems (SSSP) finalist.

For a documentary based on Global Heartland interviews, see “Moving Flesh,” produced by artist-scholar-activists Sarah Ross and Ryan Griffis.

Global Heartland is available from IU Press.