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Published: Dec 11 2006
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Frederick Wilson Clothey
Fred W. Clothey, professor emeritus of religious studies, has taught at the University of Pittsburgh for more than thirty years and also served as chair of its Department of Religious Studies. A founder of the Journal of Ritual Studies, he has produced and directed six documentary films on ritual and has written or edited seven books, including Rhythm and Intent: Ritual Studies from South India and The Many Faces of Murukan. Clothey has been a visiting professor at Charles University in Prague, the University of Hyderabad, and West Virginia University. He is the recipient of four Fulbright grants and four fellowships of the American Institute of Indian Studies. Clothey resides in Pittsburgh.
"Fred Clothey provides a window on the twin processes of globalization and diaspora for a single ethnic group, the Tamils, whose forays into world trading networks began in era of the Roman Empire. Ritualizing on the Boundaries brilliantly combines discussion of generations, of family as well as social life, and the uneven effects of globalization on the multilevel Tamil society. Clothey pioneered the study of Tamils in Southeast Asia and now brings his insights together into a single comprehensive volume which will remain important for those concerned with diaspora, ethnic studies, ritual studies, and globalization."—Joanne Punzo Waghorne, professor of religion, Syracuse University
"Fred Clothey brings together over three decades of study of Tamil communities in Pittsburgh, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore—each having a distinct history of migration, settlement, and identity-formation. For these communities, being Tamil reaches into the repertoires of religious practice; temple construction; and internal social, political, and generational negotiations in pursuit of thriving in two worlds at once: the remembered and imagined Tamilnadu and the cultural context in which they are a minority. Clothey meticulously documents the ways in which religious ritual provides the occasions, performances, and discourses for communities that are at one and the same time 'at home' and 'in the world.' Ritualizing on the Boundaries is an essential work for students of religion, ritual, immigration, South Asian studies, and trans-national cultural studies."—Paul B. Courtright, professor of religion, Emory University
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