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Lamet: Hill Peasants in French Indochina
ISBN :   9789747534856
WL Order Code :    E22241
Price :    US$25.00
Print :   Bangkok 2001,
Size :   386 pp., illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm pbk. Weight  0.670 kg
  Izikowitz, Karl Gustav

Lamet: Hill Peasants in French Indochina

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This classic account of fieldwork was written by a famous anthropologist in the late 1930s. Izikowitz studied this remote Mon-Khmer group living in northern Laos. The account of most aspects of this society and culture is outstanding in this comprehensive documentation of the Lamet’s relationship with their environment, shifting cultivation and its ritual aspects, and the use of wild forest produce. The monograph includes a discussion on kinship, which in the words of Rodney Needham was Karl Gustav Izikowitz’s “singular contribution to the comparative study of alliance and classification.”

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Date : 2012-07-24 22:14:18  |   Lamet: Hill Peasants in French Indochina
Reviewer :   Richard Watson
In about 1970 I found a copy of the 1951 edition in a guesthouse in Bangkok and I had always wanted to get a copy to read more and to share with my friends in another "hill peasant" group in SEAsia. The illustrations were wonderful and many could have been taken or sketched in other villages of SEA. Unfortunately, it was out of print and I was unable to find it until recently. Amazing to me it had been reproduced by White Lotus, and at a very reasonable price. The author, Karl Gustav Izikowitz, did anthopological field work in the Lamet area of northern Laos for some months between 1936 to 1938. He did an excellent job for that time and although many things have changed, many things are still the same--not only among the Lamet, but among many other "montagnard" groups of SEAsia. Much of the livelihood and artifacts, such as farming, hunting and trapping are shared throughout the region and other groups are as excited to just look at the pictures, as I was. It is not a novel; it is 364 pages of solid anthropological research, including an index; but it is not dry and stogy. It is full of human interest, especially for anyone who has lived or worked with any of the minority people of the region.

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