Robert Sidharthan Perinbanayagam received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Ceylon and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. His latest book (published in 2006) is Games and Sport in Everyday Life: Dialogues and Narratives of the Self. In addition, he has published The Karmic Theater: Self, Society and Astrology in Jaffna, Sri Lanka; Signifying Acts, and Discursive Acts, The Presence of Self and a number of articles in professional journals. His main research interests are in social linguistics and in contemporary sociological theory. He teaches courses in interpersonal behavior, sociological theory (undergraduate and graduate), and the sociology of knowledge. He has won the following awards: G. H. Mead Award and the C. H. Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Theory Award from the American Sociological Association (Theory Section) for The Presence of Self.