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Contingent faculty at 2013 AAAs

The American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Labor Relations has a new charge: to poke through the mess that is (that are?) “the labor conditions of anthropologists”, and to suggest a course of action to the AAA’s Executive Board with respect … Continue reading

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A conversation with Rajmohan Gandhi

In April, I participated in a conference organized by the International Forum for U.S. Studies. The conference theme was “The Presence of America in India.” At the conference, I had the chance to have a brief conversation with Mr. Rajmohan … Continue reading

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Anthropology and Market Research

A long time ago, I was offered a job in a qualitative research company. I ended up not taking it, and returned to academics. That part of it is another story, but the company hired me through campus recruitment. They … Continue reading

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The Boundaries of Anthropology

The AAA/Science (non)event was a manifestation of existing fissures within our discipline, and a certain amount of defensiveness about whether anthropology is a science or not (on both sides). I’ve been wondering if part of the problem is the nature … Continue reading

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2010 PhD Challenge

I had never heard of the PhD Challenge until I read about it in today’s Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed, and I figured, we could all use a little humor in our lives right now. (In fact, my first reaction … Continue reading

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No Death Panels for Science! AAA Issues Clarification

This was previously called “The Detritus of the AAA/Science Debate” but that was boring. Yes, I’m still talking about it, because there’s a few things I want to say. When the AAA Executive Board issued its clarification, they made a … Continue reading

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Science, the AAA, and mutual disrespect

I’ve been thinking a long time about blogging on anthropological things, but just never got around to it. I feel sufficiently compelled by the brouhaha over the missing “science” in the AAA LRP to comment on it. For a recap … Continue reading

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