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The Law and Society Association (LSA) awards prizes to 3 Cambridge authors

The Law and Society Association (LSA) recognized three titles by Cambridge University Press, awarding the J. Willard Hurst Prize to Fahad Bishara for A Sea of Debt and the Herbert Jacob Book Prize to both Daphna Hacker for Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization and Alisha C. Holland for Forbearance as Redistribution.

The J. Willard Hurst Prize is given each year to the best work in socio-legal history that explores the relationship between law and society or illuminates the use, function and cultural meaning of law and society.

A Sea of Debt is a book that stands out because of its imagination and rigor, because of the immense grace of the writing, and because of its signal contribution to the study of law, of mobility, and of capital,” the prize committee wrote in its commendation.

The Herbert Jacob Book Prize, established in 1996 and formerly known as the LSA Book Award, is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.

“Daphna Hacker’s Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization is an exemplary work of law and society scholarship,” they wrote. “It is ambitious, original, and timely.”

“Alisha Holland’s Forbearance as Redistribution. The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America advances a truly innovative thesis and draws on an impressive array of original research,” the committee continued.

The LSA was founded in 1964 with a commitment to developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law while exploring its contours through a variety of research methods and modes of analysis.

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