Michele Gamburd (Portland State University)
updated: January 5, 2010 12:23:52 PM EST
Michele Ruth Gamburd
Professor of Anthropology
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751 USA
description of work:
Teaching and Research Interests: Cultural Anthropology, transnationalism,
globalization, migration, alcohol consumption, aging, identity, rural
development, social change, violence, gender, hierarchy, aging, social
constructionism, political economy, South Asia, Sri Lanka, West Asia.
2010 Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions,
edited by Dennis McGilvray and Michele Gamburd. Routledge.
2008 Breaking the Ashes: The Culture of Illicit Liquor in Sri Lanka.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
2005 Wisdom of the Kitchen Spoons Handle. Swarnakanthi Rajapakse,
translator. Nugegoda, Sri Lanka: Sarasavi Publishers. (Sinhala translation
of my 2000 book).
2002 Transnationalism and Sri Lankas Migrant Housemaids: The Kitchen
Spoons Handle. New Delhi: Vistaar Publications. (South Asian reprint of my
2000 The Kitchen Spoons Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lankas Migrant
Housemaids. Ithaca: Cornell University Press
2009 Advocating for Sri Lankan Migrant Workers: Obstacles and
Challenges. Critical Asian Studies 41(1):61-88.
2008 Milk Teeth and Jet Planes: Kin Relations in Families of Sri Lankas
Transnational Domestic Servants. City and Society 20(1):5-31.
2004 Money that Burns Like Oil: A Sri Lankan Cultural Logic of Morality
and Agency. Ethnology 43(2):167-84.
2003 In the wake of the Gulf War: assessing family spending of
compensation money in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Population
Geography 9 (6): 503-515.
posted 21 Nov. 2003.
1999 Class Identity and the International Division of Labor: Sri Lankas
Migrant Housemaids Anthropology of Work Review (19)3:4-8
1997 Wearing a Dead Mans Jacket: State Symbols in Troubled Places in
South Asia Special Issue No. XX.: Conflict and Community in Contemporary
Sri Lanka. Siri Gamage and Bruce Watson, eds. pp. 181-194.
1995 Sri Lankas Army of Housemaids: Control of Remittances and Gender
Transformations. Anthropologica 37: 49-88.
1990-1994 Images of Working Women. Kalyani: Journal of Humanities and
Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya, 9-13: 352-357.
1993 A Village View of the Provincial Council Elections. The Thatched
Patio, 6(5): 32-47. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic
2010: The Golden Wave: Aftermath of the Tsunami on Sri Lankas Southwest
Coast. In Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions,
edited by Michele Gamburd and Dennis McGilvray. Routledge.
Co-authored with Dennis McGilvray: Introduction and Conclusion In Tsunami
Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions, edited by Michele
Gamburd and Dennis McGilvray. Routledge.
2005 Lentils There, Lentils Here: Sri Lankan Domestic Labour in the
Middle East. In Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers, edited by
Shirlena Huang, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Noor Abdul Rahman, pp. 92-114.
Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.
2004 The Economics of Enlisting: A Village View of Armed Service in
Economy and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, Deborah Winslow and Michael
Woost, eds. Pp. 151-167. Indiana University Press.
2002 Breadwinner No More, in Global Women: Nannies, Maids, and Sex
Workers in the New Economy, edited by Arlie Hochschild and Barbara
Ehrenreich. New York: Metropolitan Books: pp. 190-206. (Reprint of chapter
7 of my 2000 book.)
2000 Nurture for Sale: Sri Lankan Housemaids and the Work of Mothering,
in Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and
Southeast Asia, Sara Dickey and Kathleen M. Adams, eds. University of
Michigan Press: 179-205.
1999 Wearing a Dead Mans Jacket: State Symbols in Troubled Places in
Conflict and Community in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Siri Gamage and Bruce
Watson, eds. Sage India. Pp. 165-177. (Reprint of my 1997 article by the
1998 Absent Women and Their Extended Families: Sri Lankas Migrant
Housemaids in Negotiation and Social Space, a gendered analysis of
changing kin and security networks in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,
Carla Risseeuw and Kamala Ganesh, editors. Sage India. pp. 276-291.