Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Less Useful, The Better

Sherman Oaks, California

Seth at Seth's Blog makes a good point about the academic status heirarchy.

Academics show their high status by doing useless research. Useful research is low status.
That's certainly true in the legal academy. Useless abstraction orgies about nebulous constitutional law concepts are lauded as brainy. Useful works which could be applied by judges, officials or lawyers are derided as banal.

See also: The Growing Disjunction Between Legal Education and The Legal Profession.

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Blogger moi said...

Applies to the research-teaching hierarchy too. By admitting that one enjoys teaching, one risks earning pity and disdain, while being "freed" of teaching responsibilities is the marker of high status in the department.

3:12 AM  

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