Are anthropologists particularly prone to telling themselves stories about themselves? Is it a coincidence that anthropologists of all social scientists should be so pre-occupied with their ancestors?
Yes, and this comparison says that paradoxally anthropologists are rather introvertive people , quite shy and some times even agorophobic ( but never cleistophobic ) who prefer loneliness instead of sociability and also are very selective in their friendships. Also, have a great attachment to their ancestors. There is such an empirical study I did 15 years ago in Greece among colleagues.
For myself, I was attracted to the ideal of philosophical contemplation - the ivory tower community of scholars (with a dash of adventure thrown in). I wished to avoid being sullied by business and money-making. Little did I realise that I would need to be as much entrepreneur as scholar! But we have to adapt...
I'm not sure exactly how we can go beyond "anecdotes and proverbial statements of a personal nature" in this setting. So far OAC has not provided a framework for systematic research, and I am uncertain how it could. But we can think about it.
In the meanwhile, I would like to respond to Keith's assertion that "No-one values teaching as part of the job these days, ..." I'm just not sure that that is true.
Keith wrote: "How do you think your purposes may be served in a thread like this?"