What is a “practicing” anthropologist?
I just got an e-mail from COSWA, the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology, which is part of the American Anthropology Association. The e-mail invites “practicing anthropologists” to take a work climate survey. I didn’t read very carefully beyond that but went straight to click on the survey link, wanting to do my part. When I got there, I read this:
If you are a practicing anthropologist, we would greatly appreciate your completing this survey!
Hmm, I thought, that’s me. I teach anthropology, I do research (when I can), yep, I’m a practicing anthropologist. But then I read on:
If your main occupation is a full-time faculty member at an academic institution, please exit now.
Whoops. *That’s* me.
This often nags at me: between “applied” and “practicing” and “academic” and whatever other modifier for anthropologist you can think of, we don’t really have a suitable lexicon for distinguishing between anthropologists who teach at “an academic institution” and those who work for other institutions. I apply anthropology to most everything I do, and I expect that anthropologists who don’t teach at academic institutions but have PhDs from them are about as academic as I am.
Can anybody out there suggest literature that troubles the difference between “academic” and “applied” or “practicing” anthropologists?