The Headman Was a Woman

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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 readers from first-year anthropology students to hunter-gatherer specialists to an egalitarian people whose way of life is both thought-provoking and rare. The text is accompanied by a 37-minute DVD, The Batek: Rainforest Foragers of Kelantan, Malaysia. Footage shows vivid highlights of camp life and social activities as well as all the important economic processes described in the book. Coverage aligns with topics featured in introductory texts, making this accessible yet authoritatively written ethnography an optimal supplement for classroom use.

Titles of related interest also from Waveland Press: Mascia-Lees-Black, Gender and Anthropology, 2E (ISBN 9781478634164); Raybeck, Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Errant Anthropologist: Fieldwork in Malaysia (ISBN 9780881339062); and Townsend, Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577665816).

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Titles of related interest also from Waveland Press: Mascia-Lees and Black, Gender and Anthropology (ISBN 9781577660668); Raybeck, Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Errant Anthropologist: Fieldwork in Malaysia (ISBN 9780881339062); and Townsend, Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577665816).

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"This is an excellent portrayal of hunters and gatherers in the contemporary world. Endicott & Endicott do a grand job of presenting the political economy of Batek gender egalitarianism and balance their exotic lifeways with a no-nonsense style." --Alex King, University of Aberdeen

"A smoothly written and engaging account of the way of life of a small indigenous foraging-trading society in Malaysia." --Sheila Greaves, Athabasca University

"I plan to use this book for my Peoples of Southeast Asia course since it contains some of the most exciting treatments of real life situations for a people with simple technology and an exceedingly practical sense of getting things done so that things work out as best as they can. They treat gender with warmth and insight. Everyone can see how intensely these people confront their environment. The DVD is a substantial enhancement. Students can watch it alone to form opinions and bring in questions and comments for further discussion in a group context." --David J. Banks, SUNY at Buffalo

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Publisher: Center for Orang Asli Concerns, 2012
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