McKim Marriott

Hindu Civilization

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McKim Marriott (PhD, U Chicago 1955) was Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the Dept. of Anthropology till he retired in June 1998. He has researched villagers and urbanites of India and professionals of both South Asia and Japan. Finding that Western categories often present obstacles to understanding peoples of these and other areas, he is constructing alternative social sciences for studying differing cultural realities, using formal modeling and simulations.

[Elizabeth and I were first introduced to Kim by our mutual friend Al Collins in June 2009. We subsequently met not only durin Al's regular visits to Chicago, but also at various, especially South Asia related, events at the University of Chicago. We regularly discuss not only Kim's ongoing theorizing of Sânkhya cosmology and its (continuing) relevance to Indian categories of thought, but also the work of related scholars. - Sunthar (webmaster and editor)]


McKim Marriott

Check out McKim's University of Chicago faculty page; Curriculum Vitae (20 July 2004) [external]

Felicitation booklet of tributes on Kim's 90th birthday (12 April 2014) - [counters temporarily disabled]

Video interview of McKim Marriott by Kalman Applbaum & Ingrid Jordt: Part 1, Part 2 (14 June 2008)

"UC Honors Anthropologist Who Understood India on Its Own Terms" - interview with McKim Marriott (Desi Talk Chicago, 25 April 2014)

Varṇa Jāti - Subtle Varna chapter 16 of The Hindu World (2004, TOC and Preface) [counters temporarily disabled]

India as a Philosophical Problem: McKim Marriott & the Comparative Enterprise - Edwin Gerow (2000)   [external]

Alternative Social Sciences (1992) [counters temporarily disabled]

The eight colors (varna?) of the Hindu cube (04 January 1992) [counters temporarily disabled]

On 'Constructing an Indian ethnosociology' (1991) [counters temporarily disabled]

Constructing an Indian Ethnosociology (1990) [counters temporarily disabled]

Deconstructing McKim Marriot's ethnosociology: an outcaste's critique - Michael Moffat (1990)   [external]

The female family core explored ethnosociologically (1998) [counters temporarily disabled]

The feast of love (1966) [counters temporarily disabled]