Scholar Introduction- Steven M. Parish

Steven M. Parish

Steven M. Parish received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCSD, where he was trained in psychological anthropology. He has conducted fieldwork in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and in the United States.

His major interests are psychological anthropology, social theory, religion, the self and subjectivity, and the subjectivity of suffering. His research has addressed a number of topics in psychological anthropology, with a central focus on the study of self, emotion, and moral experience. In the anthropology of religion and South Asian studies, his scholarly interests include Hinduism, Buddhism, and the role of ritual in selfhood and social life.

His research has used person-centered ethnography to understand the role of culture in the development of moral consciousness, to examine the experience of inequality as it shapes the formation of self and culture in caste society, and to explore the subjectivity of suffering.


Moral Knowing in a Hindu Sacred City: An Exploration of Mind, Emotion, and Self
(Columbia, 1994)

Hierarchy and Its Discontents: Culture and the Politics of Consciousness in Caste Society
(Pennsylvania, 1996).

Subjectivity and Suffering in American Culture: Possible Selves
(Palgrave, 2008).


Note: He has contributed a lot to the Newar Ethnopsychology.

see: for one of his article abstract!

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