Two recent stories about the AAA’s decision to drop the University of California Press for (possibly?) Wiley-Blackwell have been making the rounds in the blogosphere: one “piece on the Chronice of Higher Education”:http://chronicle.com/news/article/2886/anthrosource-apparently-is-moving-to-a-new-publisher
and “another, longer piece in Inside Higher Ed”:http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/08/22/anthro.
The AAA’s response to requests for more information has been to not say anything at all other than the fact that they have no comment. I think that this is unfortunate. I get the feeling that the AAA has been an organization which dislikes conflict and does its best to avoid it by keeping things private and personal among decision makers, and I fear that all this coverage has just exacerbated the problem. Back in the day we used to call this ‘complementary schismogenesis’ — we get more and more insistent in our demands for transparency, and the AAA staff and leadership push more and more furniture in front of the door to keep us out. Since it looks like the AAA is not going to create its own blog any time soon, or develop a mailing list to update people regarding what is going on, I wonder if there is some way we could facilitate communication among section leaders or other interested parties to get people talking to one another?