Re: AAA: Not Just a Journal

Fri, 23 Feb 1996 13:39:44 -0500

Bob Graber criticized those of us who have quit the AAA in disgust as lacking
professional committment. "Joining the AAA is the best single thing you
can do to help others--and yourself--think of you as an anthropologist." The
problem is the way AAA currently represents anthropology. I find professional
identification in physical anthro through AAPA, but not in an organization whose
publication does not recognize physical anthropology.

I was bothered when I found myself writing that I got little out of the AAA
except its publications, but it is true. I have only once attended a AAA meeting
because when I have to prioritize my travel budget, the AAPA is more important.
To argue that I should pay my $90 in spite of the journal to show my support for
the organization is to consider AAA a charity. If the organization and its
journal become more inclusive again and makes strides to bridge its
subdivisions, I would like to rejoin.