Anthros, the other white meat, or Alan’s not the only one stumping for the academic precariat. English and lang/lit majors are not the only ones out with pitchforks and torches. Time for us all to get together and compare notes, don’t you think?
This statement, written by Ryan Anderson, Jason Antrosio, Sarah Kendzior and myself, is a response to a post on the American Anthropological Association blog that discusses our recent writings about adjuncts, anthropology, and academia.
We are gratified that the American Anthropological Association has taken note of our critical commentary on the vagaries of the academic career, and we thank fellow blogger Joslyn O. for publicizing our work on the Association website. However, we would like to clear up a few misconceptions.
The AAA post suggests we represent two “camps,” but we share only one: a commitment to ending precarious intellectual labour. We protest the transformation of our profession into a swelling Hooverville congregated on the margins of universities whose dwindling tenured citizenry is bankrolled by our low-wage, low-benefit, low-security, low-respect work.
The bleak future of the aspiring anthropologist is not a concoction rooted in cynicism. It is an empirically…
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