Appell, George N.. Land tenure and development among the Rungus of Sabah, Malaysia

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Title: Land tenure and development among the Rungus of Sabah, Malaysia

Published in: Modernization and the emergence of a landless peasantry : essays on the integration of peripheries to socioeconomic centers, edited by G. N. Appell

Published By: Modernization and the emergence of a landless peasantry : essays on the integration of peripheries to socioeconomic centers, edited by G. N. Appell Williamsburg, Va.: Boswell Printing and Pub. Co., 1985. 110-155 p.

By line: G. N. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Economic planning and development (179); Cultural participation (184); Real property (423); Ethnic stratification (563); Political parties (665); Religious denominations (795);

Abstract: In this paper, Appell discusses the impact of modernization on Rungus economy and land tenure. The first part of the article is a review of Rungus social organization and economy. The second part looks at the impact of modernization. Appell discusses ethnic relations and the devaluation of the Rungus by English government officers, Chinese shopkeepers, and Muslim traders, who employ the usual epithets: 'dirty,' 'dumb,' and 'lazy.' According to Appell, the Rungus have not succumbed to this negative stereotyping, but have sought to take control of their economy and future. They realize the value of education and send their children off to schools. Conversion to Christianity is seen as an opportunity to distinguish themselves from the Chinese and Muslims. Politically they are active in the Dusun-speaking people's Kadazan Cultural Association. The government's implementation of permanent individual ownership of the land has resulted in a change from uxorilocal to virilocal residence and also to the erosion of the corporate nature of the village.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: oc13-003

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-155)

Field Date: 1959-1963, 1986

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1950-1986

Coverage Place: Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)

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