Gullick, J. M.. Indigenous political systems of western Malaya:

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Title: Indigenous political systems of western Malaya:

Published By: London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1958. viii, 151 p.: maps

By line: [by] J. M. Gullick

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Malays (AN05)

Subjects: Citizenship (641); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Status, role, and prestige (554); External relations (648); Norms (183); Settlement patterns (361); Real property (423); Territorial hierarchy (631); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Localized kin groups (618); Judicial authority (692); Classes (565); Ethnic stratification (563); Community heads (622); Community structure (621); Districts (634); Inter-community relations (628); Military organization (701); Taxation and public income (651); Accumulation of wealth (556); Revolution (669); History (175);

Abstract: The expressed purpose of this work is to describe and analyze Malayan political institutions as part of a working social system adapted to the needs of the community in which they occur. The author chose to present conditions of about 1870, the time of the height of indigenous political development before British administration was predominant; the material reflects practices throughout the Malay states but cites examples from Perak, Sealngor, and Negri Sembilan with some references to Pahang and Kedah. Geographical, historical, and foreign influences are first presented, then political institutions at various levels are discussed with due consideration of their functions with regard to the class structure, economic factors, land and war requirements, religious organization and many other aspects. In short, this is a complex analysis indicating the thorough integration of Malayan political institutions with other parts of the culture.

Document Number: 138

Document ID: an05-138

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: 'Submitted and accepted as a thesis for the academic postgraduate diploma in anthropology of the University of London. Some minor alterations ... have been made.'.

Field Date: No date

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1964

Coverage Date: 1870-1956

Coverage Place: Malaysia

LCSH: Negeri Sembilan--Politics and government//Perak--Politics and government//Selangor--Politics and government


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