[URBANTH-L]Response to Joe Ellman
acjancius at ysu.edu
Thu Apr 28 18:36:08 EDT 2005
From: Sam Beck <sbeck at med.cornell.edu>
Joe makes an important point (see below). He needs to be brought into the
loop of people who are involved in the kind of work he is proposing. While
limited in the last few years, it has been going on since the 1960s, if
anyone can remember that far back. We now have folks involved in all sorts
of anthropology. Let me list the ways and let a thousand flowers bloom!
participatory action research anthropology
community service learning anthropology
If you are interested in these areas, I am in the process of pulling
together some information that will be on a Web site, part of the Society
for the Anthropology of North America Web page for you to use. If you want
to be listed on this page, send me your information. if you want to
contribute to this effort let me know and send along texts, bibliographies,
Urban Semester Program
sb43 at cornell.edu
>Thanks for keeping the list updated to conferences in our subfield (such as
>this post and the other about the German conference). I must wonder,
>however, whether I made an incorrect assumption when subscribing to this
>division. I thought urban anthropology was one of the more
>practical arms of our
>discipline. Either I was incorrect or we are turning the clock back a few
>years to when post-mo became the standard "scholar-ese," unapproachable
>not well versed in the esoteric world of literary criticism.
>I have to wonder how this is going to be helpful to our discipline with
>budget crunches in Higher Ed and tenured positions of retirees turning
>multiple part-time adjunct pools. Do we not need to show our colleagues
>administrators how anthropology is *more* rather than *less* applicable
>difficult economic times in education?
>Please think about trading in the seemingly self-important naval gazing for
>more fruitful, applicable and future-reaching approaches.
>Joe Ellman, Ph.D.
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