I’d like to briefly mention three initiatives aimed at making anthropology more accessible:
The first is a wonderful new—what to call it? blog? journal? blogurnal?—anthropology blog/journal “anthropologies” aimed at exploring “contemporary anthropology through essays, short articles, and opinion pieces written from diverse perspectives.” Their first issue explores the question “What is Anthropology?”
The second is the “Working Papers” series being published by the Open Anthropology Cooperative. These remind me a little of Prickly Paradigm Press, but focused more on anthropology, and free. (Prickly Paradigm should really consider publishing on Kindle’s new “Kindle Singles” program.)
Finally, something I put together myself after some discussion with Jason Baird Jackson, who told me about Open Access Tracking Project. I had been looking for a way to make Open Access anthropology publications more visible, but I realized that I didn’t want a large, uncurated, list of articles. So I came up with “Share Anthropology.” The idea is that anyone can submit a link to a blog post, discussion, or review of an Open Access anthropology publication. The emphasis being on discussion. If, for instance, someone were to blog about Chris Kelty’s book, which is available via Open Access, then that we’d link to that blog post on the Share Anthropology. This is an ongoing experiment – if you’d like to help out please let me know, or just submit some links!