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...

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Main Author: Metcalf, Peter
Language: English
Published: New York: Cambridge University Press, [2010].
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Table of Contents:
  • 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