Re: Reasons for leaving anthro-l

Jane Gardner Campbell (campbjg0@SERAPH1.SEWANEE.EDU)
Wed, 25 Jan 1995 13:25:44 -0600

Although I have come in contact with few anthropologists, those at the two
Universities that I have attended, what I find interesting is the style
with which they and others seem to teach, critique and debate. Currently,
I attend the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. It is a highly
competitive academic atmosphere facilitated primarily by the students'
standards. When a "heated discussion" occurs, it is usually amongst the
students. The professors impart their share of intelligent and opinionated
criticism to the students, as hopeful anthropologists, yet never in a
heated way.

Although pleasant and do-not-rock-the-boat kinds of attitudes are
characteristic and integral to social interaction in the traditional South,
none of the anthropologists at my institution are native Southerners. With
reference to the disscussion of leaving the Anthro-L list, is my
institution unlike other anthropological circles around the nation? Do you
suppose that this kind of intellectual decorum is indicative of a certain
culture of anthropology?