Re: industry finger up the academic wazoo

Adrienne DeArmas (DearmasA@AOL.COM)
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 00:48:47 -0400

In a message dated 96-10-18 17:05:05 EDT, mcohen@UCLA.EDU (Martin Cohen)

>The difference: economists are regularly consulted by
>business and government; psychologists and psychiatrists provide clinical
>service. Anthropologists are just not seen as being in "the real world".
>It has a lot more to do with image than reality.

So true. Not only is an anthropology degree (BA) considered about as
worthless as a BA in philosophy, English Lit, and "International Relations,"
it is also referred to by the above (economists, business and government
people) as a "soft science." My roomate (an engineer, whadya want) truly
believes that there is no empirical basis to anthropology and therefore it
is, like the degree, only worth the paper it is written on (a paraphrasing of
a quote). Sigh. IMHO, the world could stand to lose a few engineers, but
benefit greatly from a few more anthropologists. Or, am I just biased?

- Adrienne