Ho Ts'ui-p'ing. Rethinking Kachin wealth ownership

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

Title: Rethinking Kachin wealth ownership

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. 211-255 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Ho Ts'ui-p'ing

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 History (175); External relations (648); Police (625); Revolution (669); Military organization (701); Accumulation of wealth (556); Inter-ethnic relations (629); Household (592); Standard of living (511); Income and demand (434); Research and development (654); Mode of marriage (583); Burial practices and funerals (764); Gift giving (431); Exchange transactions (437);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document examines Kachin wealth ownership in order to offer an alternative to Leach's 'oscillation' model of social change for Kachin communities living in north Burma. Based on field work among Kachin peoples in Yunnan, China, it argues that the Kachin social change between the 1850s and 1950s revolved around monetized markets whose histories predate the arrival of British colonists, and a major shift in those monetized markets in association with the imposition of British colonial rule. Nevertheless, the author argues, the Kachin were not simply passive witnesses to their own history. Rather, they brought, and are still bringing, cultural understandings of wealth objects to engagements with their new circumstances. Thus, in contrast to Leach's oscillation model and similar to his critics, the author argues that external events triggered fundamental changes in Kachin society that undermined the traditional hierarchical social order.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 36

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. ap06-036

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). 1850-2007

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

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


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