Freeman, Derek. Some reflections on the nature of Iban society

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

Title: Some reflections on the nature of Iban society

Published By: Original publisher Canberra, A.C.T.: Dept. of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. 1981. ix, 69 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Derek Freeman ; with illustrations by Monica Freeman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Iban (OC06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Status, role, and prestige (554); Classes (565); Territorial hierarchy (631); External relations (648); Public welfare (657);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Freeman describes Iban society as 'classless and egalitarian;' a conclusion confirmed by most others working in the region. In 1980 Jèrôme Rousseau stated that the Iban have a hereditary stratified society similar in many respects to that of the Kayan, another ethnic group in Borneo. Most of this document is Freeman's refutation of Rousseau's claim. In the process Freeman presents data on political and social structure, the traditional society, leadership, warfare, slavery treatment of war captives (e.g., adoption into the tribe), and the BILEK or Iban family.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 19

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. oc06-019

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: Includes index.|Bibliography: p. 64-67

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1949-51, 1957-58, 1976 (p. 2-3)

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-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Baleh, Ulu Batang Ai, Katibas, and Saribas regions (p. 4-5), Sarawak, Malaysia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Ibans (Bornean people)


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