From Equality to Inequality: Social Change among Newly Sedentary Lanoh Hunter-Gatherer Traders of Peninsular Malaysia

By Csilla Dallos

© 2011

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.

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  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
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  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
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Throughout a year of ethnographic fieldwork among the Lanoh hunter-gatherers of Peninsular Malaysia, 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: Social Change among Newly Sedentary Lanoh Hunter-Gatherer Traders of Peninsular Malaysia

By Csilla Dallos

© 2011

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Csilla Dallos is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Thomas University.

  • Table of contents

    Illustrations
    Figures and Maps
    Tables
    Preface and Acknowledgments

    1. Equality, Inequality, and Changing Hunter-Gatherers
    2. Interethnic Trade and the Social Organization of Pre-resettlement Lanoh
    3. Changing Context of Interethnic Relations: From Power Balance to Power Imbalance
    4. Withdrawal from Contact and the Development of Village Identity
    5. Leadership Competition, Self-Aggrandizement, and Inequality
    6. Pre-resettlement Organization, Village Integration, and Self-Aggrandizing Strategies
    7. Understanding Equality and Inequality in Small-Scale Societies

    Language Notes and Glossary
    Notes
    References

    Index

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