Maran, La Raw. On the continuing relevance of E. R. Leach's Political systems of Highland Burma to Kachin studies

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Title: On the continuing relevance of E. R. Leach's Political systems of Highland Burma to Kachin studies

Published in: Social dynamics in the highlands of Southeast Asia :reconsidering political systems of Highland Burma by E.R. Leach, edited by Francois Robinne and Mandy Sadan

Published By: Social dynamics in the highlands of Southeast Asia :reconsidering political systems of Highland Burma by E.R. Leach, edited by Francois Robinne and Mandy Sadan Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2007. 31-66 p.

By line: Maran La Raw

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Kachin (AP06)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Cultural identity and pride (186); Form and rules of government (642); History (175); Towns (632); Revolution (669); Political movements (668); External relations (648); Warfare (726); Social relationships and groups (571); Publishing (214); Inter-community relations (628); Administrative agencies (647); Status, role, and prestige (554); Territorial hierarchy (631); (159563); Classes (565); (621582); Mode of marriage (583); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Cultural participation (184); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Political parties (665); Slavery (567);

Abstract: This document, by indigenous Kachin professional anthropologist, discusses the continuing relevance of E. R. Leach's book Political Systems of Highland Burma to Kachin studies. It shows that the book had serious weaknesses and misunderstandings which Kachin scholars tried to correct through publications over the years. The most important of these weaknesses include Leach's conception of the Kachin as passive subjects of history, and inadequate translation of key political terms mostly because of lack of empirical data on the local context and varied meanings people used them.

Document Number: 35

Document ID: ap06-035

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1888-2007

Coverage Place: Kachin State, Burma

LCSH: Kachin (Asian people)

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