File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2004/bourdieu.0411, message 44


Subject: Re: [Fwd: [BOU:] Home of Bourdieu]
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 02:07:38 -0000


Sorry to enter this discussion rather late, but it seems to me that whilst
the folks at http://lists.riseup.net/www/ are a very fine bunch of people
(and they could benefit from some dosh from some well-paid academics) their
primary purpose is to run lists for political activists. Whilst many of us
may well be political activists elsewhere in our lives, on this list we are
political theorists (probably mainly academics), so I was going to suggest
that a more suitable home for us would be  http://www.h-net.org/ (having
discovered that jiscmail (UK academic e-lists host) requires that at least
40% of one's subscribers are UK-based, which I am pretty sure we are not).
But then I realised that H-Net see themselves as being somewhat more sedate
than we are at times:
'H-Net's e-mail lists function as electronic networks, linking professors,
teachers and students in an egalitarian exchange of ideas and materials.
Every aspect of academic life--research, teaching, controversies new and
old--is open for discussion; decorum is maintained by H-Net's dedicated
editors.'
Personally I could handle a little more decorum than is sometimes in
evidence, as its lack is what silences many of us persistent lurkers, and
actually, riseup has a very explicit rule about nothing racist, sexist, etc,
etc. So some people might prefer the rodeo atmosphere of the free market. As
el don said, it's all to do with 'our non-freedom to choose -  something to
do with our control over the means of re-production and distribution'.
Gail

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