From Equality to Inequality: Social Change among Newly Sedentary Lanoh Hunter-Gatherer Traders of Peninsular Malaysia
The egalitarian society once enjoyed by the Lanoh hunter-gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia is quickly changing. Throughout a year of ethnographic fieldwork among the Lanoh, Csilla Dallos studied and interpreted social change in order to better understand the processes leading to inequality and the concurrent development of social complexity within a community.
From Equality to Inequality provides rich empirical data on the factors within a community that significantly affect the development of inequality, including the effects of sedentism, integration, leadership competition, self-aggrandizement, marginalization, and feuding kinship groups. In this case study, Dallos argues that in order to understand emerging inequality, anthropologists and social scientists need to revisit current conceptions of politics in small-scale egalitarian societies. Offering a new model of developing social inequality that is congruent with the principles of complexity theory, From Equality to Inequality is a sterling example of how anthropological practice can further our general understanding of human behaviour.
- Series: Anthropological Horizons
- World Rights
- Page Count: 368 pages
- Illustrations: 12
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Author InformationCsilla Dallos is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Thomas University.
Table of contents
Figures and Maps
Preface and Acknowledgments
- Equality, Inequality, and Changing Hunter-Gatherers
- Interethnic Trade and the Social Organization of Pre-resettlement Lanoh
- Changing Context of Interethnic Relations: From Power Balance to Power Imbalance
- Withdrawal from Contact and the Development of Village Identity
- Leadership Competition, Self-Aggrandizement, and Inequality
- Pre-resettlement Organization, Village Integration, and Self-Aggrandizing Strategies
- Understanding Equality and Inequality in Small-Scale Societies
Language Notes and GlossaryIndex
Subjects and Courses