Shall we anthropology

John Mcreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 20:47:03 +0900

Mike Carson writes,

"I've been on anthro-l for only a few days now, and I've been amazed at
how little anthropologically-significant issues are discussed in this
forum. Is this because the subscribers to this list are not interested
in anthropology? I'm not sure, but I hope this hypothesis can be proven
incorrect. If anybody is paying attention to this message, then please
prove this hypothesis to be incorrect. I'll even give you some ideas of
philosophy of science in anthropology
gender roles in different societies
representation of cultures and concepts in ethnography
developments of social structures
social behavior and context

The list can go on, but I'll stop there for now. It's my observation
that anthropologists are interested in a great many things. We tend to
be specialized in some ways and generalized in other ways, and I think we
can all benefit from a healthy exchange of ideas. Please excuse me for
being presumptuous, but I think these are the concepts on which anthro-l
and other listserves have been founded.

Mike, you're absolutely right. So, pick a topic and charge right in.
(Could it be that meta-positioning, i.e., obsessive worry about what we
ought to be doing, as opposed to worry about what we're doing, is a
symptom of our malaise?)

John McCreery