Re: Whither anthropology?

Michael Ashkenazi (mashkena@ACS.UCALGARY.CA)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 11:42:54 -0700

On Thu, 7 Dec 1995, John McCreery wrote:
> A few
> years later when I was a visiting instructor at Berkeley, I noticed how
> economic implosion had turned the department into a fair approximation of
> George Foster's peasant village with a culture controlled by the image of the
> limited good. Factionalism was rife, and conversation seemed to consist largely
> of academic equivalents of treasure tales and witchcraft accusations.
> Has anyone had a similar experience?
> John McCreery
John, I'd suggest you read Melvin Williams' book "An ethnographic
Village" which is a study of precisely this sort of thing.


Michael Ashkenazi