Commentary: Problems between the Academic Formation and the Nonacademic Labor Environment in Anthropology in the State of Yucatán, Mexico

Miguel Duarte, Rodrigo A. Llanes, Rodrigo Pereza, Emir Tepal, Nayelli Torres Salas

In the present article we would like to call attention to the problematic relationship between the education of social anthropologists in Yucatán, Mexico and the non-academic environments in which they are employed. Our argument is that, following the proposal of Juan Luis Sariego (2007) and Luis Vazquez (2002), the professional training that has been privileged in Mexican anthropology in the last three decades is that of the professor-researcher, even though, as a workplace, the academic environment is an increasingly reduced and competitive space. The problem then, is not that more anthropologists are working outside of academia, but rather, it is how academia is responding to the new non-academic environments employing anthropologists. Below we will illustrate this problem based on the specific example of social anthropology in Yucatán.

Student Anthropologist, 1 (1)

Publication date: 2009

Pages: 22- 24

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