About Hans

J.I. Hans BakkerDr. J.I. (Hans) Bakker is a retired Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph. He continues to be a member of graduate faculty and he is an emeritus member of the Rural Sociological Society and the American Sociological Assocaition. He is also a life time member emeritus of the North Central Sociological Association. He is the author of Toward A Just Civilization (1993) and has edited The World Food Crisis (1990), Gandhi and the Gita (1993) and Sustainability and International Rural Development (1995), as well as 50 articles in refereed and non-refereed journals and books. His current research interests include: the impact of Neo-Kantianism on Weber and Simmel, the effects of "patrimonial-prebendalism" on economic and political development, and the importance of civilizational World-views. He is a "Frisian-Dutch American-Canadian" who has carried out research in India and Indonesia as well as the Netherlands and North America. He is also a father and a Kripalu certified yoga instructor who attends Unitarian-Universalist services and has received Tibetan Buddhist initiations. He does yoga and meditation regularly. He is a Kripalu certified yoga instructor. He has a diploma in the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesian) from the University of Padjadjaran (Universitas Padjadjaran) in Bandung, West Java. As a member of six section of the ASA he has actively participated in ASA conferences as well as the conferences held by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaciton (SSSI). Recent papers on "Deeper Play" and "Deepest Play" are a continuation of Clifford Geertz's famous article on "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight." His comparative-historical sociological (CHS) has focused on Indic Civilization and classical Indology, but he should not be confused with Hans T. Bakker from the University of Groningen. He welcomes correspondence and is on facebook.