R. Johnson

Eric Silverman (ERICS@DEPAUW.EDU)
Sun, 12 Feb 1995 11:54:53 -0500

Oops, I fouled my last posting. I was trying to suggest that part of
being a good ethnographic fieldworker is recognizing the limits to one's
Ego--this is especially true for notions of morality, social causation,
responsibility, etc. I have read little in Mr. Johnson's postings that
suggests that he recognizes the limitations of either his own knowledge
or his Ego. Indeed, I have seen and experienced little in my fieldwork
in PNG that would support much of what he has been saying.

I bet that many of us on this list bust our arses everyday in classrooms
to try and get our students to understand clearly the implications of their
actions, the world system, etc. Many of us believe that, as anthropologists,
we have a vital role to play in education and the acquisition of knowledge.
If Mr. Johnson, like many of us, feels that he has a genuine role to play
in shaping peoples' understand of indigenous societies, then I suggest he
stop with the banal exhortations and walk into a classroom.

Enough said.

Eric Silveman