Re: Mob Scenes

Kathleen G Williamson (kgw@GAS.UUG.ARIZONA.EDU)
Wed, 8 Dec 1993 07:52:45 -0700

let's face it there are too many people, period. ole mother nature will
take care of that, but to the point --
don't those professors who have adopted this attitude (whether it is right
or wrong is not the issue here), esp w/the vociferousness of Agnar, have a
wee conflict of interest when they are the gatekeepers in such subjective
screenings like preliminary exams, etc. I lived in a lovely town once,
up in the mountains of Arizona, and it suffered from this syndrome --
everybody wanted in, but also wanted to close the door behind them! there
are many forms of "capital" and some people want it all.

On Wed, 8 Dec 1993, Dan Jorgensen wrote:

> I think Agnar's right! Beats me how anybody can deny that anthropology is
> too crowded, and I surely would regard ANY reference to AAA as it now
> stands as a really good index of this (*not* a refutation, eh seeker?).
> Have a quick look at grad schools serving as holding tanks for the
> soon-to-be-unemployed. There are other indications as well, including
> signs of weariness from folks who host our efforts (I'll leave aside the
> suspicions of their governments, which rarely invite my sympathy). I also
> think the overcrowded status of library shelves provides a good index,
> especially given the reluctance of anthropologists of all ranks and
> stripes -- professors, practitioners, grad students, etc. -- to read very
> much of it. So who says we need more?
> (We may indeed get more -- in fact, making more is one of my ambitions --
> but that's not at all the same as thinking that it's necessary.)
> ;-)
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