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  •  c. 21.8% of ASA's 3,853 eligible members voted (1+ / 0-)
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    for the boycott, according toInside Higher Ed.  That's not nothing, but it's hardly, as the diary claims, an "over-whelming[] vote[]" among "5,000 professors."

    Of the 1,252 votes cast, 66.1 percent of members endorsed the boycott, 30.5 percent rejected it and 3.4 percent abstained. Slightly less than a third of the association’s 3,853 eligible voting members participated in the 10-day online referendum.
    It also appears that the current ASA leadership did not exactly play fair in terms of enabling members visiting the organization's website to learn about opposing views (emphasis added):
    Eight past ASA presidents sent a letter last week opposing the boycott as being "antithetical to the mission of free and open inquiry for which a scholarly organization stands” and taking issue with the association's leaders for refusing to post the anti-boycott petition and an open letter from the AAUP opposing boycotts on its website.

    “I hope that people will remember that many more members did not vote than did vote,” said Shelley Fisher Fishkin, the president of the association in 2004-5 and the Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities and director of American studies at Stanford University. “The views that were expressed in this flawed process should not be taken as representative of the views of the majority of scholars in the field.”

    Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

    by another American on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 05:40:30 AM PST

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