Re: Four fields - a cynical view

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Fri, 7 Apr 1995 08:18:14 -0700

Whoa, Anita! Being a long-term unemployed female, I'm not sure gender has
as much to do with it as you're imagining. Also I'm keeping track of my
junior colleagues who've been failing to get junior positions since 1991
and the gender score is running even so far. Job market sucks, that's the
main thing.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthro, WSU

On Wed, 5 Apr 1995, Anita Cohen-Williams wrote:

> While I am interested in the various discussions about the four fields of
> anthropology (and why is linguistics ignored?), I am also becoming deeply
> cynical about the whole academic rat race.
> My husband received his Ph.D. in 1991. He has published a great deal in the
> field of historical archaeology, and is currently running several excavations,
> including one in the Caribbean. Yet, he cannot get an academic post. He is
> constantly applying for positions, but each time is turned down. They don't
> even ask for an interview! This last rejection was the worst since he has been
> teaching at the institution as a faculty associate for several semesters. I'm
> told that he made the short list, but the three people ahead of him were
> women. I have never heard of the person that they have hired, and doubt that
> she has published as much as my husband has.
> I realize that there have been discussions on this topic in the past on this
> list, but felt that it needed to be brought up again. Why bother teaching
> anyone anthropology? There is no chance in hell that a white male will ever
> get a teaching post in an American university, so you might as well tell your
> students that before you fill their heads with the wonders of anthropology.
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