Our publishing system is needlessly slow, inefficient, hierarchical, profit-driven, exploitative, and also doesn’t work well. Simple example: a junior scholar sends a perfectly reasonable sociology paper to a high-status journal. The editor commissions three anonymous reviews, and four months later the paper is rejected on the basis of a few hours of their volunteer labour. This … Continue reading New Open Archive of the Social Sciences: Challenging the outdated journal system and paying-for-status sites.
Change is a constant, says the wit! Ethnographers have been obsessed with CHANGE for a long time now; environmental change perhaps more recently. We ask: What or who is changing, how and why? And with what consequences? What role does culture, society, environment, economy and politics play in determining how we deal with change? Having … Continue reading Save the Planet: Ethnographic Methods for changing human-environment relationships.