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Wenner-Gren Announces the Barbara Metzger Prize

November 8, 2010

50th Anniversary Logo for Current AnthropologyThe Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Barbara Metzger Prize, to be given annually to the paper published in Current Anthropology that best represents the journal’s longstanding commitment to good writing. Sol Tax, the founding editor of the journal, emphasized that the papers published in Current Anthropology should reach and interest as wide an audience as possible within anthropology, a field with global reach that includes various sub-disciplines. To achieve this aim, Tax set high standards for prose. He sought clear and concise expression of ideas, of fact and of opinion. He welcomed the appropriate use of technical language and discouraged unnecessary jargon.

For many years, Barbara Metzger, the journal’s distinguished copy editor, worked closely with authors to promote these values. The result of her ded