Michael Carrithers

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Michael Barnes Carrithers, FBA (born 1945) is an anthropologist and academic. Since 1992, he has Professor of Anthropology at Durham University.

Career[edit]

Born in 1945, Michael Barnes Carrithers graduated from Wesleyan University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree there four years later. He was awarded a doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1978 for his thesis entitled "The forest-dwelling monks of Lanka: an historical and anthropological study". After lecturing at the London School of Economics and Oxford, he joined the staff at Durham University in 1982 as a lecturer in anthropology; he was promoted to senior lecturer in 1987, reader in 1989 and professor of anthropology in 1992.[1][2][3][4]

According to his British Academy profile, Carrithers's research focuses on "The Buddha and Buddhism in Sri Lanka; Jains in India; German commemoration of the Twentieth Century; reasoning and cogency in anthropology; rhetoric culture theory; [and] ethnography as a source of philosophy".[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2015, Carrithers was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Forest Monks of Sri Lanka: An Anthropological and Historical Study (Oxford University Press, 1983).
  • The Buddha, Past Masters series (Oxford University Press, 1983).
  • (Co-edited with Steven Collins and Steven Lukes) The Category of the Person: Anthropology, Philosophy, History (Cambridge University Press, 1985).
  • Founders of Faith (Oxford University Press, 1986).
  • (Co-edited with Caroline Humphrey) The Assembly of Listeners: Jains in Society (Cambridge University Press, 1991).
  • Why Humans have Cultures: Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity (Oxford University Press, 1992).
  • The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • (Editor) Culture, Rhetoric and the Vicissitudes of Life, vol. 2, Studies in Rhetoric and Culture series (Berghahn Books, 2009).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael B. Carrithers, "Is anthropology art or science?", Current Anthropology, vol. 31, no. 3 (1990), p. 263.
  2. ^ Durham University Gazette, new series, vol. xxvii (Epiphany term 1983), p. 4.
  3. ^ Durham University Calendar 1999–2000, vol. 1, p. 324.
  4. ^ "The forest-dwelling monks of Lanka : an historical and anthropological study", SOLO: Bodleian Library Catalogue. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Professor Michael Carrithers", British Academy. Retrieved 30 June 2018.

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