Origins, Ancestry and Alliance

Origins, Ancestry and Alliance

Explorations in Austronesian Ethnography

Edited by: James J. Fox orcid, Clifford Sather

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This collection of papers, the third in a series of volumes on the work of the Comparative Austronesian Project, explores indigenous Austronesian ideas of origin, ancestry and alliance and considers the comparative significance of these ideas in social practice. The papers examine social practice in a diverse range of societies extending from insular Southeast Asia to the islands of the Pacific.


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Oct 2006
ANU Press
Comparative Austronesian Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies
Pacific: Cook Islands, Micronesia, Tonga; Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Philippines

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 219KB)James J. Fox doi
  2. Hierarchy, Founder Ideology and Austronesian Expansion (PDF, 200KB)Peter Bellwood doi
  3. The Elder and the Younger — Foreign and Autochthonous Origin and Hierarchy in the Cook Islands (PDF, 174KB)Jukka Siikala doi
  4. Rank, Hierarchy and Routes of Migration: Chieftainship in the Central Caroline Islands of Micronesia (PDF, 194KB)Ken-ichi Sudo doi
  5. “All Threads Are White”: Iban Egalitarianism Reconsidered (PDF, 318KB)Clifford Sather doi
  6. Origin, Hierarchy and Egalitarianism Among the Mandaya of Southeast Mindanao, Philippines (PDF, 198KB)Aram A. Yengoyan doi
  7. The Transformation of Progenitor Lines of Origin: Patterns of Precedence in Eastern Indonesia (PDF, 205KB)James J. Fox doi
  8. Origin Structures and Precedence in the Social Orders of Tana ’Ai and Sikka (PDF, 224KB)E. D. Lewis doi
  9. Precedence Among the Domains of the Three Hearth Stones (PDF, 223KB)Michael P. Vischer doi
  10. The Founding of the House and the Source of Life: Two Complementary Origin Structures in Buru Society (PDF, 195KB)Barbara Dix Grimes doi
  11. Histories of Diversity, Hierarchies of Unity: The Politics of Origins in a South-West Moluccan Village (PDF, 213KB)Sandra Pannell doi
  12. Rivals and Wives: Affinal Politics and the Tongan Ramage (PDF, 493KB)Aletta Biersack doi
  13. The Politics of Marriage and the Marriage of Polities in Gowa, South Sula Wesi, During the 16th and 17th Centuries (PDF, 301KB)F. David Bulbeck doi
  14. The Cultural Construction of Rank, Identity and Ethnic Origins in the Sulu Archipelago (PDF, 169KB)Charles O. Frake doi

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