Situating usage

John Mcreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Mon, 9 Jan 1995 07:58:48 JST

In re Dwight Read's comments on rank and networks at the US Naval Academy.
Haven't had time to think carefully, yet, but would like to add some more
complications. (1) the dating prohibition is relaxed for upperclass, who
must, however, avoid dates with anyone in their chain of command, a form
of (loosely speaking) exogamy designed to keep rank as clear of other
relationships as possible. (2) We are, after all, talking about healthy
late adolescents who are kept in terrific physical shape; sex is very much
an interest orthogonal to network building for career purposes. (1) is part
of a system of earned privilege; (2) shows the limitations of analysis in
purely "political" terms. <g>

John McCreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)