Noorman Abdullah

Noorman obtained his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Bielefeld after completing a M.Soc.Sci and B.Soc.Sci from NUS. For his doctoral thesis, he produced an ethnographic piece on everyday religiosity and spirit possession among Malay-Muslim families in Singapore. Over the years, his research endeavours bring together broader interests in making sense of the establishment and maintenance of boundaries in demarcating sites of similitude and difference, and a strong empirical component grounded especially on ethnography and qualitative fieldwork. At a broader level, his work centres on the manner in which the content and structure of social relations mediated through informal and formal institutions, have produced, maintained, and reconfigured particular social identities. Outside of NUS, he enjoys travel, reading, and occupying his time with four boisterous cats and a demanding nephew.


Office: AS1
Tel: 6516-4440
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Recent Publications

(2011). ‘On the Vulnerability of the Social Researcher: Observations from the Field of Spirit Interference’, International Sociological Association (ISA) E-Symposium for Sociology, 1(3): 1-16.

(2010). ‘Comfort Food, Memory, and “Home”: Senses in Transnational Contexts’, in Devorah Kalekin-Fishman and Kelvin E.Y. Low (eds.) Everyday Life in Asia: Social Perspectives on the Senses, Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 157-76.