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Who were the Balangingi Samal? Slave raiding and ethnogenesis in nineteenth-century Sulu

Warren, J.F.ORCID: 0000-0003-0055-6730 (1978) Who were the Balangingi Samal? Slave raiding and ethnogenesis in nineteenth-century Sulu. Journal of Asian Studies, 37 (3). pp. 477-490.

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The problem of ethnic identification is an important but neglected theme in Southeast Asian history. Historians of the region are indebted to Leach, Lehman, and Moerman for their pioneering work on the nature and history of upland societies in Southeast Asia. In Political Systems of Highland Burma, Leach demonstrates that culture and ethnic identity are not necessarily synonymous. He points out that the process of identification among tribal people like the Kachin is never simple; it entails migration, intermarriage, barter trade relations, warfare, interpenetrating political systems, and values and beliefs shared with non-Kachin. Manifest in the work of all these anthropologists is a conscious effort to define the nature of social categories applied to ethnic groups in Southeast Asia across time. Their work has led to a more complete understanding of the nature of ethnic groups and the processes responsible for “accomplishing ethnicity” among upland peoples in Southeast Asia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 1978 The Association for Asian Studies, Inc.
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