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

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

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Social dynamics in the highlands of Southeast Asia: reconsidering political systems of Highland Burma by E.R. Leach, edited by François Robinne and Mandy Sadan

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Maran La Raw

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. Kachin (AP06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 35

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. ap06-035

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: For bibliographical references see document 34:Robinne and Sadan

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 Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1888-2007

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Kachin (Asian people)

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