Re: whither anthropology?

hjmartin (hatch@RICHMOND.INFI.NET)
Tue, 5 Dec 1995 10:05:27 -0500

With permission to re-post, this from Alan Smart:

>Re: the challenges to anthropology from an international
> In Canada, there are certainly tough times, but not
>necessarily specifically for anthropology. In Alberta, we have
>suffered through funding cuts of 21% over three years, and now in
>Ontario it looks like their cuts will be even sharper under the
>new Conservative government. This situation can definitely
>endanger departments of anthropology, particularly smaller ones
>where mergers are undertaken as a response. However, one
>response seems to be the encouragement of greater
>interdisciplinary cooperation, and it seems to me that
>anthropologists have inherent advantages in such circumstances,
>because most of us have little alternative to being
>interdisciplinary in our outlook (unless we ignore the majority
>of the research undertaken on our topics in most cases,
>particularly for those of us doing research in urban and/or
>western settings).
>Alan Smart
>Department of Anthropology
>University of Calgary

Jim Martin