Political Systems of Highland Burma

  title={Political Systems of Highland Burma},
  author={Henri Bartoli and Edmund Leach},
  • Henri Bartoli, Edmund Leach
  • Published 2004
  • Economics
  • In Political Systems of Highland Burma Edmund Leach interpreted the concepts of gumlao and gumsa as political models in Kachin society. In this chapter, I will question Leach’s attempt to establish his oscillatory model as a general theory of social change applicable to segmentary societies in this part of Asia by comparing it with neighbouring societies of the Indo-Burmese border, especially the Nagas. I will argue here that, while some of the Naga systems can be viewed as gumsa-like… CONTINUE READING
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