Department of Anthropology

Balmurli Natrajan

Office:   5018 Science Hall East, 300 Pompton Road
Phone:   (973) 720-3869
Email:   natrajanb@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   M&R 2-5 p.m. and by appt. (Spring 2013)

Department: Anthropology
Position: Associate Professor and Chair
Area Specialization: Group Formation & Collective Action (Caste, Class), Globalization & Development (Artisans, Agriculutralists, State), Culture, Learning & Cognition, South Asia, India

Education

Ph.D. University of Iowa (Anthropology)

M.S.  Southern Polytechnic State University, Atlanta (Computer Science)

M.A. Iowa State University (Anthropology)

B.E.  Marine Engineering Research Institute, Kolkata (Marine Engineering)

Courses

  • Global Transformations and the Human Condition (see Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct 21, 2011, http://chronicle.com/article/Anthropology-Course-Explores/129572/ )
  • Origins and Diversity of Humanity (myths of race, sex, violence and culture)
  • Understanding Culture (course on ethnography)
  • Blood and Belonging (course on Kinship and Group Formation)
  • Learning, Knowledge and Culture (course under development)
  • Comparative Social Differentiation and Inequality (course under development)
  • Anthropology of Development
  • Theoretical Dimensions in Cultural Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of South Asia / Popular Culture and Modernity in South Asia
  • Introduction to Asian Studies / Introduction to Civilizations of South Asia

 

Selected Publications

 

BOOKS

JOURNALS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

2013  “Punctuated Solidarities: Caste and Left Politics,” Economic and Political Weekly XLVIII no. 6, 16-19

2012  “From Jati to Samaj” Seminar (Delhi, India) v. 633: 54-57

2012  "The Problem of ‘Difference’ in Discourses of Civilization and Culture,” in The         Concept of Humanity in the age of Globalization, Zhang, Longxi (ed.). Göttingen: V&R           Unipress. Pp. 67-82.

2012 “‘Practicing Hindus,’ Hindutva and Multiculturalism” in Public Hinduisms, eds.         Pralay Kanungo, Deepa Reddy, Maya Warrior, John Zavos and Raymond Williams.             New Delhi: Sage. Pp. 160-168.

2010 “Learning Caste: Banal and Brutal” in Caste in Life: Experiencing Inequalities,               edited by D.S.Babu and R.S.Khare. Pearson Education. Pp. 33-43

2009 “Place and Pathology in Caste” Economic and Political Weekly Vol.XLIV, No. 51,           December 19, 2009, pp. 79-82

2009  “Indian Electoral Democracy: The Only Game in Town” Economic and Political             Weekly Vol. XLIV No. 29, July 18, 2009, pp. 14-17

2009 “Introduction” (with Paul Greenough), in Against Stigma, pp. 1-44

2009  “Essentially Polluted: Untouchability, Caste and Diversity,” in Against Stigma, pp.         298 - 325

2008  “Cultural Values” in Encyclopedia of Social Problems, ed. Vincent Parrillo. Sage Publications. Pp. 193-196

2007  “Misrepresenting Caste and Race” Seminar April 2007, no.572:65-66

2005  "Caste, Class and Community in India: An Ethnographic Approach." Ethnology 44(3): 227-241