Perinbanayagam, Robert S(idharthan) 1934-

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PERINBANAYAGAM, Robert S(idharthan) 1934-

PERSONAL: Born February 14, 1934, in Rangoon, Burma; came to the United States, 1962; son of Saravanamuttu H. (a professor) and Amirtha (Singham) Perinbanayagam. Education: University of Ceylon, B.A., 1959; University of Minnesota, M.A., 1964, Ph. D., 1967. Politics: "Humanist." Religion: "Humanist."

ADDRESSES: Home—321 East 66th St., New York, NY 10021. Office—Department of Sociology, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 695 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021.

CAREER: University of Missouri—Columbia, instructor, 1966-67, assistant professor of sociological theory and collective behavior, 1967-70; New School for Social Research, New York, NY, assistant professor of sociology, 1970-72; Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, assistant professor, 1972-76, associate professor, 1977-85, professor of social theory and social psychology, 1985—.

MEMBER: American Sociological Association, American Association for Asian Studies, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.


The Karmic Theater: Self, Society, and Astrology in Jaffna, University of Massachusetts Press (Cambridge, MA), 1982.

Signifying Acts, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1985.

Discursive Acts, Aldine Publishing (Hawthorne, NY), 1991.

The Presence of Self, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2000.

Contributor to books, including Social Psychology through Symbolic Interaction, edited by G.P. Stone and Harvey A. Farberman, Wiley (New York, NY), 1981; and The Psychology of the Social Situation, edited by Adrian Furnham and Michael Argyle, Pergamon (New York, NY), 1981.

SIDELIGHTS: Perinbanayagam once reported to CA that his goal is to "discover and report the sources of meaning and significance in everyday life."



Contemporary Sociology, September, 2002, Gordon Shepherd, review of The Presence of Self, p. 560.

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, spring, 2001, Gerald L. Peterson, review of The Presence of Self, p. 89.