Book

Indigenous political systems of western Malaya

Athlone Press, University of London (17) • Published In 1958 • Pages: viii, 151

By: Gullick, J. M..

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.
Subjects
Citizenship
Form and rules of government
Chief executive
Status, role, and prestige
External relations
Norms
Settlement patterns
Real property
Territorial hierarchy
Lineages
Clans
Localized kin groups
Judicial authority
Classes
Ethnic stratification
Community heads
Community structure
Districts
Inter-community relations
Military organization
Taxation and public income
Accumulation of wealth
Revolution
History
culture
Malays
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Southeast Asia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Social Anthropologist-5
Analyst
George R. Bedell ; 1964
Coverage Date
1870-1956
Coverage Place
Malaysia
Notes
[by] J. M. Gullick
'Submitted and accepted as a thesis for the academic postgraduate diploma in anthropology of the University of London. Some minor alterations … have been made.'
Includes bibliographical references (p. 146-148)
LCCN
58003735
LCSH
Negeri Sembilan--Politics and government
Perak--Politics and government
Selangor--Politics and government