The Headman Was a Woman

The Gender Egalitarian Batek of Malaysia

Kirk M. Endicott; Karen L. Endicott
eISBN-13: 9781478636540

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A comprehensive ethnography of one of the few remaining hunting and gathering peoples of Southeast Asia, The Headman Was a Woman presents the gender concepts, roles, and relations of the highly egalitarian Batek of Peninsular Malaysia. Based on longtime fieldwork, the book describes the lives of Batek men and women in the tropical rainforest, and includes discussions of fieldwork, hunting and gathering, social organization, religion, gender, nonviolence, and cultural persistence in the face of a changing landscape. Rich in detail yet clearly written, The Headman Was a Woman introduces readersfrom first-year anthropology students to hunter-gatherer specialiststo an egalitarian people whose way of life is both thought-provoking and rare.

Sold By Waveland Press
ISBNs 9781577665267, 1577665260, 9781478636540, 1478636548
Language English
Number of Pages 177