Sooryamoorthy, R. 1964–
Sooryamoorthy, R. 1964–
PERSONAL: Born May 29, 1964, in Trivandrum, Kerala, India; son of P. Balasubramaniyam (a technician) and Radhamanyamma K.S. (a homemaker) Nair; married Renjini Devakiamma (a homemaker), June 7, 1992; children: Dakshin S. (son). Education: University of Kerala, B.Sc. (with first-class honors), 1984, M.A., 1986, Ph.D., 1993. Religion: Hindu. Hobbies and other interests: Reading fiction.
ADDRESSES: Home—31 Eastacoombe, 9 Philip Ave., Gilenwood, Durban 4001, South Africa. Office—Department of Sociology, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa. E-mail—[email protected]; [email protected]
CAREER: Writer. Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India, teaching assistant, 1993–94, lecturer in sociology and social work, 1994–95; Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, lecturer in sociology, 1995–2002; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, senior lecturer in sociology, 2002–. University of Calgary, visiting faculty, 2002. International Conference on Lifelong Learning, member of organizing committee, 2002; also organizer of and presenter at numerous other conferences, workshops, and seminars in India and around the world. City of Trivandrum, project officer for a survey of solid waste management, 1993; Government of Kerala, consultant to Kerala Institute of Labor and Employment, 1998–99.
MEMBER: International Sociological Association, Indian Sociological Society (life member), South African Sociological Association, Society for Social Studies of Science, Association of Third World Studies (life member), Kerala Sociological Society (life member).
(Coauthor) Samuhya Survey: Enthu, Engane, Loyola Publications (Trivandrum, Kerala, India), 1990.
(Coauthor) Science in Participatory Development (also published in New Delhi, India by Vistaar Publications as Science for Social Revolution? Achievements and Dilemmas of a Development Movement—The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad), Zed Books (London, England), 1994.
Consumption to Consumerism: In the Context of Kerala, Classical Publishing (New Delhi, India), 1997.
(Coauthor) Extension in Higher Education: Evolving New Models, Vikas Publishing House (New Delhi, India), 1998.
Climbing Up: The Story of Palmyrah Workers' Development Society, PWDS (Tamil Nadu, India), 2000.
(Coauthor) NGO's in India: A Cross-Sectional Study, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.
(Coeditor and contributor) Managing Water and Water Users: Experiences from Kerala, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 2003.
Contributor to books, including NGO's in Development Perspective, edited by R.B. Jain, Vivek Prakashan (New Delhi, India), 1995; NGOs in Development: Theory and Practice, edited by Bava Noorjahan, Kanishka Publishers and Distributors (New Delhi, India), 1997; The Cooperative Management of Water Resources in South Asia, edited by Tony Beck, Pablo Bose, and Barrie Morrison, CISAR, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1999; Feminism, Volume 1, edited by Jancy James, State Institute of Languages, Government of Kerala (Trivandrum, Kerala, India), 2000; and Internet in Everyday Life, edited by Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite, Blackwell (Oxford, England), 2002. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Indian Journal of Public Administration, Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Gandhi Marg, Journal of Third World Studies, New Frontiers in Education, Kerala Sociologist, Social Action, Hindu, Indian Express, and Sociological Bulletin. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, assistant editor, 1992–93, editor, 1996–.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on non-governmental organizations, women and self-help groups, and Internet communication among scientists in developing countries.
SIDELIGHTS: R. Sooryamoorthy told CA: "It gives me a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment when I see my name in print. I wanted to become a writer, but ended up writing academic books, not literary works. Usually I write in the wee hours of the day. Probably I may write a novel in the near future."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Pacific Affairs, fall, 2003, Mathew Zachariah, review of NGO's in India: A Cross-Sectional Study, p. 486.