Re: accidental anthros w/bells on

wilkr (wilkr@INDIANA.EDU)
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 13:40:50 -0600

In response to Karen:

I think a lot is being done right now to break down the academic/applied
divisions in the discipline - many people are now teaching introductory
courses from an applied perspective, using for eg. Brown & Podolofsky's
reader. Relevance is what brings in enrollment!

There are wonderful grad programs in applied now too, not just the poor
stepchildren of academic departments, but dynamic places that draw top
students (NAU is one to watch here). But until an APPLIED anthropology
course is considered a "core" course in every graduate progam in the
land - on a par with history of theory - the barriers will never change.
Hey, I had to work hard to get a METHODS course into our grad
curriculum. Right now we have only one applied course (soon to change)
for grad students....what kind of message does this send?

Rick Wilk