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Social dynamics in the highlands of Southeast Asia : reconsidering Political systems of Highland Burma by E.R. Leach /
edited by François Robinne and Mandy Sadan.
imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill, 2007.
description
lii, 331 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004160345 (hbk.), 9789004160347 (hbk.)
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imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill, 2007.
isbn
9004160345 (hbk.)
9789004160347 (hbk.)
general note
"This volume originated from a panel ... which was organised for the EUROSEAS Conference held at the Sorbonne University, Paris, in September 2004"--Pref.
catalogue key
6187019
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This reappraisal of E.R. Leach's seminal work presents new ethnographic material on the highlands of Southeast Asia and its borders from writers with long-term empirical research in these areas.
Description for Reader
All institutions that have South Asia and/or Southeast Asia interests. Academics dealing with issues of ethnicity in South and Southeast Asia from anthropological, historical and political science perspectives; also those interested in material culture of Southeast Asia.
Long Description
This reappraisal of Political Systems of Highland Burma, the seminal work by E.R. Leach, presents much new material on the highlands of Southeast Asia and its borders from writers with long-term research experience in these areas. The Introduction establishes in detail both the theoretical and regional ethnographic significance of Leach's work and the chapters to follow. Part One discusses issues relating to Leach's fieldwork, including the background to his research and issues arising from his fieldwork practice. Part Two presents a variety of engagements with Leach's theoretical approach, particularly his ideas of socio-political oscillation. This theory is considered in relation to the historical experience of culture contact in Assam and Laos, particularly between Tai and non-Tai groups. Part Three considers once more Leach's ideas with respect to communities that are, or could be considered, Kachin sub-groups in Burma, Tibet and Yunnan, this time focusing on interpretations of exchange and the notion of ritual language. A discussion of approaches towards the study of transethnicity concludes the work. The book is a significant contribution to the development of a new regional anthropology of Southeast Asia, incorporating material from areas that were, until recently, closed to researchers.
Main Description
Drawing on long term fieldwork and research in communities from Assam through to Laos, this book offers a unique level of reappraisal of the work of Edmund Leach and is a significant contribution to the development of a new regional anthropology of Southeast Asia.
Main Description
This reappraisal of Political Systems of Highland Burma, the seminal work by E.R. Leach, presents much new material on the highlands of Southeast Asia and its borders from writers with long-term research experience in these areas. The Introduction establishes in detail both the theoretical and regional ethnographic significance of Leach s work and the chapters to follow. Part One discusses issues relating to Leach s fieldwork, including the background to his research and issues arising from his fieldwork practice. Part Two presents a variety of engagements with Leach s theoretical approach, particularly his ideas of socio-political oscillation. This theory is considered in relation to the historical experience of culture contact in Assam and Laos, particularly between Tai and non-Tai groups. Part Three considers once more Leach s ideas with respect to communities that are, or could be considered, Kachin sub-groups in Burma, Tibet and Yunnan, this time focusing on interpretations of exchange and the notion of ritual language. A discussion of approaches towards the study of transethnicity concludes the work. The book is a significant contribution to the development of a new regional anthropology of Southeast Asia, incorporating material from areas that were, until recently, closed to researchers.
Table of Contents
Introduction : notes on Edmund Leach's analysis of Kachin society and its further applications
Historical Contexts of E. R. Leach's fieldwork
The biographical origins of political systems of highland Burmap. 3
On the continuing relevance of E. R. Leach's Political Systems of Highland Burma to Kachin Studiesp. 31
Translating Gumlau : history, the 'Kachin' and Edmund Leachp. 67
Comparative Approaches in Assam and Laos
Politico-ritual variations on the Assamese fringes : do social systems exist?p. 91
Naga ethnography and Leach's oscillatory model of gumsa and gumlaop. 109
Interethnic systems and localized identities : the Khmu subgroups (tmoy) in North-West Laosp. 127
From Kettledrums to coins : social transformation and the flow of valuables in Northern Laosp. 161
Political hierarchical processes among some highlanders of Laosp. 187
The Kachin subgroups
Rethinking Kachin wealth ownershipp. 211
The missing share : the ritual language of sharing as a 'total social fact' in the eastern Himalayas (northwest Yunnan, China)p. 257
Transethnic social space of clans and lineages : a discussion of Leach's concept of common ritual languagep. 283
Postscript : reconsidering the dynamics of ethnicity through Foucault's concept of 'spaces of dispersion'p. 299
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