John Clammer’s principle interests are in the sociology of development and the sociology of culture as applied to development issues. He has worked widely on these issues both in theoretical terms and in the field in Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, India and Latin America. after graduation from the Univeristy of Oxford with a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology he taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Hull, and then the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore before becoming Professor of Comparative Sociology and Graduate Professor of Asian Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo, and a senior member of the first systematic Development Studies program to be set up in Japan at Sophia. He has been associated with UNU for over a decade as variously course coordinator of courses in International Cooperation and Development, Director of the International Courses, Adviser to the Rector and now Visiting Professor. He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and the University of Essex and has been a visiting professor at the University of Kent, The Australian National University, Handong University (South Korea), the University of Buenos Aires, the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar and most recently at Pondicherry University (India).
He is the author of fifteen books on aspects of culture and development and has one in press, has edited eleven others and is the author of over a hundred articles in books and professional journals and is on the editorial boards of several leading journals. His books include “Diaspora and Identity: The Sociology of Culture in Southeast Asia” (2003), “Race and State in Independent Singapore: The Cultural Politics of Pluralism in a Multiethnic Society” (1998); Japan and Its Others: Globalization, Difference and the Critique of Modernity” (2001) and “Diaspora and Belief: Globalization, Religion and Identity in Postcolonial Asia” (2009).