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Monday, May 21, 2007

Another reason for OA in anthropology

Alexandre Enkerli, AAA on OA, Lorenz on AAA, Open Access Anthropology, May 21, 2007.  Excerpt:

...One argument I don't hear being made very frequently is that OA is perfect for ethnographers working abroad. Few of the people with whom we collaborate "in the field" have access to [American Anthropological Association publications] but many do have some form of Internet access....OA makes it relatively easy for people with whom we work to look at some of the things we have published "about them."

Of course, the same argument can be made in local communities. But I think it's more forceful a concept when applied to "remote communities." It might sound too "Crisis of Representation circa 1990" but I personally see benefits to making our writings available to people who can relate to them. After all, such a practise goes well with both the spirit and the letter of our codes of ethics....