“It's happened again. A friend has asked me to read a paper.”
I never asked you to read a paper.
You asked me:
“Have you published? If so, where can we find your work?”
Also, you said:
“When I chide my friend and say that nothing leaves me colder than the cookie-cutter "application" of currently popular theory to a case trimmed to fit, he replies that he has to do this to be published in an academic journal. “
I never said that. I replied:
“…after all, it is an academic paper. I am sure that you are aware that there are certain rules one must conform to when writing for an academic audience.”
Please get your facts straight!
Further, different readers have different ideas about what constitutes good writing style, and so do different universities, colleges, academic departments, instructors and publishers albeit there are some basic guiding rules common to all. Also and in the spirit of Foucault, I am always skeptical of notions that claim to be universally valid, obvious or the incontestably apparent. Finally, I am forwarding a list of the distinguished “academicians,” publishers and editors from Italy and Germany that reviewed the paper prior to publishing it.
Italy (socio-cultural anthropology peer group review committee)
Prof. Lorenzo Brutti, Musée du Quai Branly, CNRS, France - Ethnology
Dr. Silvia Pieroni, Ethnographic Museum, Documentation Centre "Il Tamburo Parlante" - Medical Anthropology
Dr. Sandra Busatta, Hako Magazine - American Anthropology
Prof. Ignazio E. Buttitta, University of Sassari - Ethnology
Dr. Emaj Uddin, Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh - Social Anthropology
Germany (editorial publishing review committee)
Dr. Julius Mittenzwei, CTO
Patrick Hammer, Business Development
Tanja Hammer, Editorial Staff
Matthias Knoop, Editorial Staff
Georg Steinbach , Development
But just the same John, allow me to thank you for your “critique.”