choosing what to read

I’ve been thinking about the “need” to make anthropology publications more accessible.

How important is it to have access to the latest publications? With so much out there, is it important to be able to access all of it, or just the best of it?  I’m getting at the idea that maybe less is more.

I have no answer to this question, but I would love to hear from any anthropology teachers out there about how they choose readings.

How often do you change the reading list for a class? How important is it to deal with current material? How soon does it get dated? Do you consider the costs of assigning the material to students (ie books costing 100$ vs 15$).  Let me know how you pick those readings! thanks.

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