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The power of strangers in Flores and Timor

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Pitt-Rivers notes that the stranger is dangerous and sacred because he belongs to an extraordinary world and must be "socialised, that is to say secularised, a process which necessarily involves inversion." A striking feature of the traditional histories of several local state structures in eastern Indonesia is how often they maintained ruling authority is in the hands of persons whose ancestors came as strangers and successfully became absorbed into the local communities, often by means of j...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Antony's College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social & Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
Publisher:
Anthropos Institute Publisher's website
Journal:
Anthropos Journal website
Volume:
103
Issue:
2
Pages:
343-353
Publication date:
2008
ISSN:
0257-9774
URN:
uuid:4f6a9e20-ba7c-43b5-9f05-25ae3ab0a2a3
Local pid:
ora:3058

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