Re: jobs-hiring- suggestions

wilkr (wilkr@INDIANA.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 10:50:01 -0600

On Hanson's comment on the declining quality of papers in journals.

This sounds a bit like "things used to be better back in the good old days..."

If you pick up the average 1949 issue of American Anthropologist, I
think you will find that the dross/gold ratio is remarkably similar to
what it is today. There are more people publishing, and more
publications, therefore more crap and duplication...quantitatively. But
as a ratio, I think the amount of good, interesting work is the same or
improving. I did my once-through-the-periodicals-room-once-a-semester
sweep yesterday, and found the Journal of Anthropological research to
have several consistently excellent issues. The Visual Anthropology
Review from last year had some fascinating things. Reviews in
anthropology demanded to be read from cover to cover. I even found a
couple of things to read in Current Anthroplogy, which has always been
the champion yawn in anthropology, in my own humble opinion. Critique of
anthropology usually offers something to make you think, as does
Dialectical Anthropology. Don't stick to the mainstream journals!

Any other suggestions for great jourals? I liked Diaspora their first
year, but now find it slow. Public Culture can be superb, or just PC. (!)

Rick Wilk