Dentan, Robert Knox, 1936-. If there were no Malays, who would the Semai be?

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

Title: If there were no Malays, who would the Semai be?

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Pluralism in Malaysia: myth and reality, edited by Judith Nagata

Published By: Original publisher Pluralism in Malaysia: myth and reality, edited by Judith Nagata Leiden: E. J. Brill. 1975. 50-64 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Robert Knox Dentan

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Semai (AN06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Identification (101); (15); Population (161); Composition of population (162); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Cultural identity and pride (186); Settlement patterns (361); (57); Kin relationships (602); Behavior toward non-relatives (609);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The central consideration of this source is ”how Semai come to include some of their fellows as sen'oi hii' (“we people”) and to exclude others as mai (“they”)” (p. 50). In analyzing this question the author makes reference to the Semai grammar and counting systems and contends that a tripartite classification underlying these systems also underlies Semai world view and notions of ethnicity. The author concludes that Semai notions of “we people” are describable as a three-tiered extension of ego's self identity.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 15

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. an06-015

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 62-64)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1962-1963

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gerald Reid; 1989

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1962-1963

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Senoi (Southeast Asian people)

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