Re: lack of employment

amy maher (AEMAHE00@UKCC.UKY.EDU)
Sun, 5 Jun 1994 11:55:34 EDT

after following the discussion regarding a lack of an academic job market and
the need to find jobs in other sectors, i have become somewhat dismayed by the
continuing emphasis placed on FINDING jobs rather than CREATING them. It seems
to me that anthropologists need to take a more active role in establishing a
job market for ourselves. Why are there no consulting firms, community action
organizations, non-university supported research teams, or any other type of
independent "business" created by anthropologists and utilizing the disciplines
most important skills of observation, ethnography, and an interest in human
interaction? Vague examples, i realize that, but even with my lack of
understanding of accumulating capital, etc., needed to begin an independent
venture ( a situation perhaps economic anthropologists could assist with?), it

strikes me that there are less passive and better ways toimprove our job
outlook. Like to hear any thoughts..... Also, i agree with the idea that we
somehow need to create better press for the discipline. Anyone else sick of the
public opinion that anthropology = Jurassic Park (!), Indiana Jones, or is only
worthwhile if the subject is featured in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC? Perhaps more
active participation in the job market could dispell such notions?