Re: Reasons for leaving anthro-l

Jane Gardner Campbell (campbjg0@SERAPH1.SEWANEE.EDU)
Wed, 25 Jan 1995 13:33:07 -0600

Although I have come in contact with few anthropologists, what I find
interesting is the style with which they each 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?

Jane G. Campbell
anthropology major
University of the South
Sewanee, TN