Reporting on "Myths of Meritocracy, Friendship, and Fun Work"


Last summer I had a great conversation with Lizzie Wade, a reporter at Science, about my Myths of Meritocracy paper. We discussed the 'performative informality' in archaeology that, I argued, makes harassment and unintentional inequality almost unavoidable.


You can read the article she published here: Fed-up archaeologists aim to fix ‘frat party’ atmosphere at field schools.


Myths of Meritocracy was also apparently the most downloaded article from American Anthropologist in 2020, as well as generating quite a lot of debate on social media. I am pleased that people from so many different disciplines and professions have found it a helpful way to conceptualize a problem that is, unfortunately, far too common.



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