the celarent reviews

Quick question – what’s the deal with the “Barbara Celarent” reviews from 2050 in AJS? I find them opaque and have no idea what they’re supposed to be doing. What am I missing? Is it some elaborate inside joke and I’m on the outside?

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s Andy Abbott having fun by reviewing old books

    http://home.uchicago.edu/~aabbott/barbara.html

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  2. Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Just another piece of data relevant to whether editorships should rotate.

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  3. Posted January 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Very good point. The books reviewed in those pages – that is, sociology created outside of the US, and the current era – are worthless. Better get ‘em out of the pages of the American J of S, before we get too ecumenical…

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  4. Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Personally I *love* the Barbara Celarent reviews. I find the style and tone quirky and fun (even if they can be opaque) and I think it’s a great opportunity to get reviews in from books that are important but often unlikely to find their way into AJS (or my field of vision) other ways.

    And even if nobody gets them and they serve no purpose, Andy clearly is enjoying it. Given the amount of time he has spent on the more serious side of the journal, I’d say that’s reason enough alone.

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