Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Geoffrey Benjamin

  Academic Profile
 

Associate Professor Geoffrey Benjamin
Division of Sociology
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

 

Email:  TGBenjamin@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (65) 6790 4379
Office:  S3.2-B2-41


 

Education

Prof Benjamin obtained his academic qualifications at King’s College, Cambridge University, England:

  • 1961; BA, Natural Sciences Tripos, Part I (Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry).
  • 1963: Archaeological and Anthropological Tripos, Part II (Social Anthropology, with Linguistics).
  • 1967: PhD, Social Anthropology: thesis on ‘Temiar religion’ based on field research in Malaysia,
  • 1964–1965:  (Supervisor: Edmund R. Leach).
Research Interest

Prof Benjamin areas of interest in research are as follow:

  1. Comparative Social Organisation
  2. Religion
  3. Language
  4. Culture and Politics
  5. Sociolinguistics
  6. Social Theory with special reference to Asian Materials
  7. The Cline of Person in Society and Culture
  8. The Nation-State and Modernity
  9. Bio-Sociology
  10. The Anthropology and Sociology of Southeast Asia
Selected Publication

Books
2002 [Co-edited with Cynthia Chou]
Tribal communities in the Malay World: historical, social and cultural perspectives. 490pp. Leiden:
International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
(ISEAS). [Hard covers.] [The whole book or individual chapters are also available as E-publications
at: <http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg>.]
[2003, second impression, in soft covers.]
A volume of 20 essays (including one by Geoffrey Benjamin), being the revised proceedings of the Conference on Tribal
Communities in the Malay World, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 24–27 March 1997.
Accepted for publication
Temiar religion: four studies. Singapore: Singapore University Press and Subang Jaya: Centre for
Orang Asli Concerns.
Incorporates the author’s PhD thesis (1967) along with later papers on the subject.
Temiar society. Singapore: Singapore University Press
A monograph on Temiar social organisation, bringing together some of the author’s earlier papers with some new material.
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The cline of person: underexplored themes in sociology. Singapore: Singapore University Press
A collection of essays on Mode-of-orientation theory, along with some other papers in general social theory.
Kenaboi: a lost Malayan language? Bangi: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
A monograph to be published in the series Kajian Bahasa Nusantara.
Under current consideration for publication (Singapore University Press)
The Austric marchland
A revised collection of the author’s essays on the historical ethnology and linguistics of the Malay Peninsula.
[A Book on Malay and Aslian linguistics]

Papers and articles

2001 [As background researcher, translator and editorial collaborator]
Contributor of materials (especially the ‘Linguistics’ section, pp. 158–168) to: Lye Tuck-Po (ed.),
Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: a comprehensive and annotated bibliography, Kyoto: Center for
Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.
2001
‘Orang Asli languages: from heritage to death?’ In: Razha Rashid & Wazir Jahan Karim (eds),
Minority cultures of Peninsular Malaysia: survivals of indigenous heritage. Penang: Malaysian Academy
of Social Sciences (AKASS), pp. 101–122.
Earlier draft originally presented at the Workshop on Indigenous People and Transforming Technologies, Universiti Sains
Malaysia, Penang, 8–9 August 1997.
2001
‘Process and structure in Temiar social organisation.’ In: Razha Rashid & Wazir Jahan Karim (eds),
Minority cultures of Peninsular Malaysia: survivals of indigenous heritage. Penang: Malaysian Academy
of Social Sciences (AKASS), pp 125–149. [Earlier drafts pre-published: (a) as Department of Sociology
working papers no. 82, Singapore: National University of Singapore, 1987, 41pp; (b) in: Hood Salleh
et al. (eds), Mereka yang terpinggir: Masyarakat Terasing di Indonesia dan Orang Asli di Malaysia,
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, 1993, pp.
103–163.]
To appear, revised, in the author’s book Temiar society. Originally presented at Simposium Kebudayaan Indonesia-Malaysia
Kedua: Pengajian Ethnografi Orang Asli dan Masyarakat Terasing, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia,
June 1987.
2002 [Co-authored with Cynthia Chou]
‘Introduction.’ In: Geoffrey Benjamin & Cynthia Chou (eds), Tribal communities in the Malay World:
historical, social and cultural perspectives. Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and
Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), pp. 1–6.
2002
‘On being tribal in the Malay World.’ In: Geoffrey Benjamin & Cynthia Chou (eds), Tribal
communities in the Malay World: historical, social and cultural perspectives. Leiden: International
Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), pp.
7–76.
Originally presented at the Conference on Tribal Communities in the Malay World, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,
Singapore, 24–27 March 1997.
2002 [as translator from the Indonesian]
Tenas Effendy: ‘The Orang Petalangan of Riau and their forest environment.’ In: Geoffrey
Benjamin & Cynthia Chou (eds), Tribal communities in the Malay World: historical, social and cultural
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perspectives. Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and Singapore: Institute of
Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), pp. 364–383.
2003
[Copious detailed comments, incorporated as footnotes.] In: Matisoff, James A., ‘Aslian: Mon-
Khmer of the Malay Peninsula’, Mon-Khmer studies 33: 1–58.
2004
‘Aslian languages’, ‘Aslian: characteristics and usage.’ In: Asmah Haji Omar (volume editor), The
encyclopedia of Malaysia, volume 12: Languages and literatures, Kuala Lumpur: Archipelago Press, pp.
46–49.
2004
‘Orang Asli.’ In Ooi Keat Gin (ed.), Southeast Asia: A historical encyclopedia from Angkor Wat to East
Timor, Santa Barbara CA: ABC-CLIO, pp. 997–1000.
2005
‘Consciousness and polity in Southeast Asia: the long view.’ In: Riaz Hassan (ed.), Local and global:
social transformation in Southeast Asia. Essays in honour of Professor Syed Hussein Alatas, Leiden and
Boston: Brill, pp. 261–289. [Reprinted 2005, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.]
Earlier versions presented (1) at the ASEAN Inter-University Seminar on Social Development, Faculty of Development Science,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 12–15 November 1993, and (2) at a research seminar in
the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore, October 1999.

Published ethnographic photographs

2002
Photograph of Temiars listening to a Radio Malaysia broadcast in their own language, Kuala
Humid, Ulu Kelantan, April 1964. In: Geoffrey Benjamin & Cynthia Chou (eds), Tribal communities
in the Malay World: historical, social and cultural perspectives. Leiden: International Institute for Asian
Studies (IIAS) and Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), front cover.
2004
Seven photographs of Batek and Temiar musical and ritual performance. In: Ghulam-Sarwar
Yousuf (volume editor), The encyclopedia of Malaysia, volume 11: Performing arts, Kuala Lumpur:
Archipelago Press, pp. 37, 62, 71.
2005
Photograph of Mendriq parents and children, Ulu Kelantan, 1964. In: Judith Ennew & Dominique
Pierre Plateau, Childrearing for peace:a search for solutions, University of Cambridge: Centre for
Family Research, front cover.

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