Jason Antrosio, author of the Living Anthropologically blog, wrote a great response to the flurry of neo-liberal detractors who began declaring anthropology as a poor option for university students. As Jason points out: Anthropology may be the worst major if you want to become a corporate tool, but it is the best course of study if you want to help change the world for the better. Take a read. Even though written in 2012, it’s still very relevant. Then stroll over to Paul Stoller’s discussion of anthropology as a university major and critique of the rankings systems that think universities can be compared just like blenders. After that, I recommend reading Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s “Engaging Anthropology: The Case for a Public Presence” (Berg 2006/Bloomsbury 2012).
But begin with Antrosio’s bow shot across the neo-liberal ship of ‘education as merely pay-cheque preparation’.