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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Indigenous political systems of western Malaya

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] J. M. Gullick

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Malays (AN05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 138

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. an05-138

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in 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.' Includes bibliographical references (p. 146-148)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document No date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. George R. Bedell ; 1964

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1870-1956

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Malaysia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Negeri Sembilan--Politics and government//Perak--Politics and government//Selangor--Politics and government


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