The Sea People of Sulu: A Study of Social Change in the Philippines

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9780810204539: The Sea People of Sulu: A Study of Social Change in the Philippines

This published version of H. Arlo Nimmo's Ph.D. dissertation explores the changes that occurred among the Bajau (aka Sama Dilaut) of Tawi-Tawi in the southern Philippines when they abandoned boat-dwelling to become house-dwellers. The data were collected during twenty-four months of field research (1963, 1965-67) among two communities of Bajau, namely the boat-dwellers of the Tawi-Tawi Islands and the house-dwellers of Sitangkai Island.  The book describes the two communities' social organization, including households, family alliances, kinship groups and community.

104 pages, 6 photos, 3 maps, 8 tables, bibliography, index.

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The Sea People of Sulu has a Japanese language edition.

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H. Arlo Nimmo is a cultural anthropologist and short story writer.  He has published ten books and dozens of articles that have appeared in both academic and popular periodicals.  Most of these publications are based on his Philippines research, but he has also written about American popular culture, San Francisco history and Hawaii's volcano goddess Pele.
Nimmo is currently Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at California State University East Bay and resides in San Francisco.           

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