Alexandra Kent


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I completed a Masters degree in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University in 1982.

I completed a Masters degree in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University in 1982. I then worked for 11 years in a medical field before returning to anthropology in 1993. I completed my doctoral dissertation in 2000 at Goteborg University. The was later published as a monograph entitled Divinity and Diversity: a Hindu revitalization movement in Malaysia, NIAS Press in 2005. My interests have been politics and religion, healing and medical anthropology. I have carried out fieldwork in South India, Malaysia and Cambodia and am now working on a project exploring the relationship between gender, religion and security in Cambodia.

Books by this author

People of Virtue

Reconfiguring Religion, Power and Moral Order in Cambodia Today

This volume places Cambodia’s religious revival in a nuanced social, cultural and political context, showing how the formation of a new moral order is crucial if the country can recover and heal itself after years of violent conflict.

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Divinity and Diversity

A Hindu Revitalization Movement in Malaysia

A timely and relevant study in this age of concern about trans-national ’religious’ networks.
Powerful use of ethnographic date to illuminate an original and striking thesis on the ambiguous nature of the Sai Baba movement. What makes this work outstanding is how the author places her material against the complex ethnic, political and religious situation of Malaysia.

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