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Author Dallos, Csilla, 1963-

Title From equality to inequality : social change among newly sedentary Lanoh hunter-gatherer traders of Peninsular Malaysia / Csilla Dallos
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2011]
©2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 336 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits
Series Anthropological horizons
Anthropological horizons.
Contents Equality, inequality, and changing hunter-gatherers -- Interethnic trade and social organization of pre-settlement Lanoh -- The changing context of interethnic relations : from power balance to power imbalance -- Withdrawl from contact and the development of village identity -- Leadership competition, self-aggrandizement, and inequality -- Pre-settlement organization, village integration, and self-aggrandizing strategies -- Understanding equality and inequality in small-scale societies
Summary "The egalitarian society once enjoyed by the Lanoh hunter-gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia is quickly changing. Throughout a year of ethnographic fieldwork among the Lanoh, Csilla Dallos studied and interpreted social change in order to better understand the processes leading to inequality and the concurrent development of social complexity within a community
From Equality to Inequality provides rich empirical data on the factors within a community that significantly affect the development of inequality, including the effects of sedentism, integration, leadership competition, self-aggrandizement, marginalization, and feuding kinship groups. In this case study, Dallos argues that in order to understand emerging inequality, anthropologists and social scientists need to revisit current conceptions of politics in small-scale egalitarian societies. Offering a new model of developing social inequality that is congruent with the principles of complexity theory, From Equality to Inequality is a sterling example of how anthropological practice can further our general understanding of human behaviour."--Pub. desc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English; Includes some text in Malay
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Subject Equality -- Malaysia.
Orang Asal (Malaysian people) -- Social conditions.
Social change -- Malaysia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442661712 (electronic bk.)
1442693460 (electronic bk.)
9781442661714 (electronic bk.)
9781442693463 (electronic bk.)