Commentary: La La Land: Meeting the Demands of a Hybrid Market with an Endless Supply of Hummers

C. F. Dyson

Imagine what would happen if the auto industry insisted on producing gas-guzzling Hummers while the public demanded hybrid and electric cars. The industry clearly would not last long. Not so in anthropology. Many of us, recent graduates and soon-to-be-graduates, have spent an average of a decade learning to make Hummers — to become tenure-track anthropology professors. As we enter the job market we are discovering to our dismay that for every available tenure-track job there are hundreds of candidates, all trained in the same fine art of making something of limited relevance for this time and place….

Student Anthropologist, 2 (2), 4-5.

Download PDF –  Dyson 2011


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