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Dissociated Identities: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in an Indonesian Society
An analysis of how Indonesia's policies on culture, religion, and class affect a particular ethnic group--the Karo.
The Political Impact of Trade in Chiefdoms
Trade theories of state formation have failed to specify trade as market behavior, and to appreciate the political role of imported luxury goods in chiefdoms. When luxury goods and other valuableExpand
The Early Years of a Dutch Colonial Mission: The Karo Field
This fascinating story of a Dutch Reformed mission among the Karo of North Sumatra chronicles the field's first fifteen years - 1889-1904. Plantation executives sponsored the mission, hoping toExpand
conversion by affiliation: the history of the Karo Batak Protestant Church
Theories of conversion have often stressed either psychological or sociological factors, but viewing conversion as the public declaration of a new identity and incorporating the element of timeExpand
terms of endearment: Karo Batak lovers as siblings
Through the metaphoric use of kin terms, Karo Batak lovers cast each other as siblings. The metaphoric usage calls attention to the kind of “love” that both lovers and siblings share, although actualExpand
The politics of multiculturalism : pluralism and citizenship in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia
Few challenges to the modern dream of democratic citizenship appear greater than the presence of severe ethnic, religious, and linguistic divisions in society. With their diverse religions and ethnicExpand
The ideology of kinship in Karo Batak ritual
Terms for Kith and Kin
Scheffler and Needham give alternative interpretations of Karo Batak terminology, the former describing it as a kinship terminology, the latter as a terminology of social/symbolic classification.Expand