The life of the longhouse : an archaeology of ethnicity

"For two centuries, travellers were amazed at the massive buildings found along the rivers that flow from the mountainous interior of Borneo. They concentrated hundreds of people under one roof, in the middle of empty rainforests. There was no practical necessity for this arrangement, and it re...

Full description

Main Author: Metcalf, Peter
Language: English
Published: New York: Cambridge University Press, [2010].
Subjects:
LEADER 03041cam a2200385 7i4500
001 0000018254
005 20200128090000.0
008 190307s2010 nyua b 0 k eng
020 |a 052111098X (hbk.)  
020 |a 9780521110983 (hbk.)  
040 |a DLC   |b eng   |d IAMM   |e rda 
050 0 0 |a DS646.3   |b M47 2010 
090 0 0 |a DS646.3   |b MET 2010 
100 1 |a Metcalf, Peter   |e author  
245 1 4 |a The life of the longhouse :   |b an archaeology of ethnicity   |c Peter Metcalf. 
264 1 |a New York:   |b Cambridge University Press,   |c [2010]. 
264 4 |c ♭2010. 
300 |a xi, 345 pages:   |b illustrations, maps;   |c 24 cm.. 
336 |a text  |2 rdacontent 
337 |a unmediated  |2 rdamedia 
338 |a volume  |2 rdacarrier 
504 0 0 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-340) and index 
505 0 |a The problem : ethnicity and community -- Part 1. Longhouses -- 1. Longhouses -- 2. Longhouse communities -- 3. The coming of the Brooke Raj -- Part 2. Longhouses and leaders -- 4. Aban Jau's career -- 5. Aban Jau's successors -- Part 3. Longhouse and trade -- 6. The sultan's fence -- 7. Premodern upriver trade -- Part 4. Longhouse populations -- 8. The linguistic data -- 9. Disease, slavery, assimilation, annihilation -- Part 5. Longhouses and ritual -- 10. The ritual consensus -- 11. The ritual operator -- 12. The impresarios of the ancestors -- Part 6. Longhouses and the state -- 13. Longhouses during the Raj -- 14. Longhouses after the Raj -- Conclusion: The general and the particular 
520 |a "For two centuries, travellers were amazed at the massive buildings found along the rivers that flow from the mountainous interior of Borneo. They concentrated hundreds of people under one roof, in the middle of empty rainforests. There was no practical necessity for this arrangement, and it remains a mystery. Peter Metcalf provides an answer by showing the historical context, using both oral histories and colonial records. The key factor was a pre-modern trading system that funneled rare and exotic jungle products to China via the ancient coastal city of Brunei. Meanwhile the elite manufactured goods traded upriver shaped the political and religious institutions of longhouse society. However, the apparent permanence of longhouses was an illusion. In historical terms, longhouse communities were both mobile and labile, and the patterns of ethnicity they created more closely resemble the contemporary world than any stereotype of 'tribal' societies"--Provided by publisher 
650 0 |a Longhouses   |x History   |z Borneo  
650 0 |a Ethnicity   |x History   |z Borneo  
650 0 |a Community life   |x History   |z Borneo  
651 0 |a Borneo   |x Social life and customs  
651 0 |a Borneo   |x Antiquities  
651 0 |a Borneo   |x Politics and government  
651 0 |a Borneo   |x Commerce   |x Social aspects   |x History  
651 0 |a Borneo   |x Commerce   |z China  
651 0 |a China   |x Commerce   |z Borneo  
651 0 |a Brunei   |x Commerce   |x History  
999 |a 0000021306  |b Book  |c Open Collection  |e Scholar's Library