Social Differentiation in the Austronesian World

Edited by: Michael P. Vischer

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This collection of papers is the sixth volume in the Comparative Austronesian series. The papers that comprise this volume examine the concept of precedence as a form of local discourse and as a mechanism for ordering status, at different levels, within specific Austronesian-speaking societies. This is the first volume of its kind to focus entirely on precedence and to provide an explication of its social uses and the way in which it is contested. Each paper is ethnographically-focused and offers its own distinctive approach to the examination of precedence. The papers, however, relate closely to one another and are thus able to proffer a variety of comparative reflections.


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May 2009
ANU Press
Comparative Austronesian Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Sociology
Southeast Asia: Indonesia

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  1. Precedence in Perspective (PDF, 131KB)James J. Fox doi
  2. Origin and Precedence: The construction and distribution of status in the highlands of Bali (PDF, 360KB)Thomas A. Reuter doi
  3. Distinguishing Hierarchy and Precedence: Comparing status distinctions in South Asia and the Austronesian world, with special reference to South Sulawesi (PDF, 658KB)Greg Acciaioli doi
  4. The Discourse and Practice of Precedence (PDF, 239KB)James J. Fox doi
  5. Trunk and Tip in West Timor: Precedence in a botanical idiom (PDF, 186KB)Andrew McWilliam doi
  6. Precedence in the Formation of the Domain of Wai Brama and the Rajadom of Sikka (PDF, 335KB)E. D. Lewis doi
  7. Precedence, Contestation, and the Deployment of Sacred Authority in a Florenese Village (PDF, 254KB)David Butterworth doi
  8. A Tale of Two Villages: Hierarchy and precedence in Keo dual organization (Flores, Indonesia) (PDF, 245KB)Gregory Forth doi
  9. Hierarchy, Precedence and Values: Scopes for social action in Ngadhaland, Central Flores (PDF, 146KB)Olaf H. Smedal doi
  10. Hierarchy and Precedence in Keiese Origin Myths (PDF, 131KB)Timo Kaartinen doi
  11. Contestations: Dynamics of precedence in an eastern Indonesian domain (PDF, 553KB)Michael P. Vischer doi

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