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Author Endicott, Kirk M.

Title The headman was a woman : the gender egalitarian Batek of Malaysia / Kirk M. Endicott, Karen L. Endicott
Published Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press, Inc., [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 163 pages)
Series Anthropology online
Contents Encountering the unexpected -- Batek views of the sexes -- Social life -- Sharing the work : the gender division of labor -- Growing up Batek -- Continuity and change in Batek gender -- Understanding Batek egalitarianism -- Appendix: Batek kinship terms
Summary "An ethnography of one of the few remaining hunting and gathering peoples of Southeast Asia, The Headman Was a Woman presents the gender concepts, roles, and relations of the highly egalitarian Batek of Peninsular Malaysia. Based on longtime fieldwork, the book describes the lives of Batek men and women in the tropical rainforest, and includes discussions of fieldwork, hunting and gathering, social organization, religion, gender, nonviolence, and cultural persistence in the face of a changing landscape." "The Headman Was a Woman introduces readers - from first-year anthropology students to hunter-gatherer specialists - to an egalitarian people whose way of life is both thought-provoking and rare."--ORIGINAL BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-163)
Notes This edition in English
Subject Batek (Malaysian people)
Batek (Malaysian people) -- Social conditions.
Batek (Malaysian people) -- Social life and customs.
Sex role -- Malay Peninsula.
Form Electronic book
Author Endicott, Karen Lampell.