Change and Continuity in Minangkabau: Local, Regional, and Historical Perspectives on West Sumatra

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Lynn L. Thomas, Franz von Benda-Beckmann
Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1985 - Social Science - 347 pages
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Social scientists have long recognized many apparent contradictions in the Minangkabau. The world's largest matrilineal people, they are also strongly Islamic and, as a society, remarkably modern and outward looking.

Focusing on Minangkabau proper, and treating several adjacent areas as well, this collection examines the resilience and adaptability of the Minangkabau in the face of outside political and economic pressures and of distortions in social science and legal theory. Individual studies address issues of kinship and other forms of social organization, ideology, and political and economic life. Together, they emphasize the integrity of Minangkabau social forms while revealing fascinating patterns of continuity and change in Minangkabau culture.

This collection will be of particular interest to anthropologists specializing in Southeast Asia, but it will also be important reading for those concerned with the issue of change and continuity in the third world generally.

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Toon Van Meij is a professor at the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Nijmegan, and a Senior Research Fellow for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Franz von Benda-Beckmann is a professor at the Agricultural University of Wageningen.

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