September 16, 2020
“Silos,” an agricultural analogy referencing self-contained grain storage units, is frequently applied to groups, organizations, disciplinary knowledge, and institutional types to reflect differences in association or affiliation with accompanying differences (perceived or actual) in perspectives and behavior. Within anthropology, for example:
- one group of anthropologists works in practice while their colleagues work in the academy;
- another group enjoys tenure while lecturers and adjuncts are on yearly or semester contracts;
- a group of graduate students from an ivy league university considers itself to be distinct from their peers at a state university;
- another group of graduate students is being trained in the “scientific method” while others are trained in more humanistic paradigms.
Siloing is problematic…
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