Dennis B. McGilvray
|Region of Interest|
|Primary Country of Residence|
United States of America
Professor of Anthropology
University of Colorado
Department of Anthropology, 233 UCB
|Countries of Specialization|
Sri Lanka, India
Specializing in the study of Tamil and Muslim minority communities in Sri Lanka, as well as their links to south India (Tamilnadu and Kerala).
My ethnographic fieldwork in the Ampara and Batticaloa Districts of Sri Lanka has focused on topics of Hindu caste organization, matrilineal kinship, matrilocal marriage and dowry, popular Hinduism and Islam (including Sufism), Eurasian (Burgher) identity, and ethnic violence and conflict. I have also studied the reconstruction of Tamil, Burgher, and Muslim communities in Sri Lanka destroyed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions (co-edited
Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri
Muslim Perspectives on the Sri Lankan Conflict (co-authored with Mirak
Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health, and Worship among the Tamils of South India
Caste Ideology and Interaction, (edited). Cambridge University Press 1982.
Selected articles and chapters:
"Dreaming of Dowry: Post-tsunami Housing Strategies in Eastern Sri Lanka."
"Tsunami and Civil War in Sri Lanka: An Anthropologist Confronts the Real
"Jailani: A Sufi Shrine in Sri Lanka." in Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut
"Arabs, Moors, and Muslims: Sri Lankan Muslim Ethnicity in Regional
"Households in Akkaraipattu: Dowry and Domestic Organization among the
"The Stirling Award Essay: Sex, Repression, and Sanskritization in Sri
"Paraiyar Drummers of Sri Lanka: Consensus and Constraint in an
"Dutch Burghers and Portuguese Mechanics: Eurasian Ethnicity in Sri
"Sexual Power and Fertility in Sri Lanka: Batticaloa Tamils and Moors." in
Tamil ; Muslim minority ; Hindu caste ; matrilineal kinship ; matrilocality ; ...