Introduction and Mission Statment Edit
The Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) has grown out of another American Anthropological Association subdivision, which was known as the Society for Urban Anthropology (SUA) (Al-Zubaidi 2009). SUA was first established by Robert Kemper in 1979 (Al-Zubaidi 2009). SUNTA’s mission is to study the interconnections between urban areas, national and transnational institutions and the people who live and influence these places. This includes processes involved in globalization and all levels of global hierarchies. The society is concerned with increasing the amount of knowledge of global interconnections in part by using the unique anthropological tool of ethnographic fieldwork. According to their website, their functions are primarily academic, educational, and scientific, meaning that they operate on the assumption that the sharing and application of knowledge about urban and global environments can be used to improve the lives of people living in and near urban areas.
Officers and Government Edit
According to their website, SUNTA’s government officers include “a President, a President-elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four Councilors [one being a graduate student], and such Editors as may be named.” Aside from the above board members there are multiple committee chairs, some fulfilling duties having to do with City and Society and the Leeds Prize. Succeeding previous president David W. Haines is the current president Deborah Pellow.
Publications and Awards Edit
Since June of 1987 SUNTA has published a biannual journal entitled City and Society. In addition to publishing a scholarly journal, SUNTA awards the Leeds Prize to the writer of a scholarly book that contributes to the study of urban, national, transnational/global anthropology. This award is named in honor of the prominent anthropologist Anthony Leeds.