How a travelling society totalizes itself : Hybrid polities and values in Maluku, Eastern Indonesia

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Kaartinen , T 2014 , ' How a travelling society totalizes itself : Hybrid polities and values in Maluku, Eastern Indonesia ' , Anthropological Theory , vol. 14 , no. 2 , pp. 231-248 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499614534117

Title: How a travelling society totalizes itself : Hybrid polities and values in Maluku, Eastern Indonesia
Author: Kaartinen, Timo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2014-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Anthropological Theory
ISSN: 1463-4996
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/136182
Abstract: This article applies Dumont’s view of ideology to an Eastern Indonesian society with intense trade connections to other ethnic groups and the larger political economy. In spite of their commercial importance, these connections are framed as long-distance kinship. My question is whether this encompassment of economic by social values is part of a totalizing ideological order. I discuss the values of personhood and exchange to show that long-distance commerce is the source of social differentiation expressed in them. Ultimately, however, the test of Dumont’s methodology is not whether it helps explain the resilience of local social orders, but whether it can deal with historical complexity and change. I argue that Dumont’s answer – hybrid ideology – is a good description for the encompassment of both kin-based totalities and political-economic stratification
Subject: Hybrid ideology
hybrid polity
Indonesia
migration
totalization
value
5143 Social and cultural anthropology
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