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Randolph sociology professor’s work published in academic journal

Brad Bullock

Brad Bullock

Randolph sociology professor Brad Bullock’s paper, “Sensing Hinduism: Lucian-Indian Funeral ‘Feast’ as Glocalized Ritual,” has been published in Religions, an academic journal dealing with the sociology of religion.

The article is part of an ongoing project in St. Lucia involving the collection of oral narratives from families who came to the Caribbean as indentured laborers from India after the abolition of slavery by Britain in the 19th century. Bullock and co-author Sabita Manian, professor of international relations at Lynchburg College, have been traveling to and studying culture in St. Lucia for many years, including a joint student service trip.

“The inspiration was a realization that there was almost nothing documented about these migrant narratives, which are important bits of disappearing history of social, cultural, and political significance,” Bullock said.

The two professors have been working with the support of current and former members of St. Lucia’s government and will be presenting the finished project to St. Lucia’s National Archives. A version of the paper was presented at a conference in Belgium in summer 2015.

Read the paper in its entirety at

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