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Spaces of life; spaces of death : the relationship of the house (uma) to the production of space and identity in a Rereiket Community, Mentawai

Reeves, Glenn


Within the general context of articulating a new approach to the ethnography of the Mentawai islands, in this thesis I argue that exogenous totalizing perspectives brought to the study of this area have reduced the complexity of identities as these are lived by the islands’ inhabitants. I propose a theoretical, particularist remedy to this tendency in the context of assessing the nature of the contribution of the House (uma), and notably the collection of ancestral heirlooms kept...[Show more]

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Date published: 1994-12
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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