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[2016/10/06] ISA International Guest Lecture: Roy Ellen - Demography, Marriage Patterns and Cultural Resilience

 

ISA-Einladung

Roy Ellen (Kent, UK): "Demography, Marriage Patterns, and Cultural Resilience"

Thursday, 06. October 2016, 4pm

ÖAW, Institut für Sozialanthropologie
A-1030 Wien, Apostelgasse 23

The Nuaulu people of Seram (Maluku, Indonesia) have proved to be a demographically resilient
cultural population over the last 50 years. In 1970, when the author first began his ethnographic
fieldwork in the area, Nuaulu language and traditional culture was widely considered ‘endangered’.
Various factors, including population growth, minimal conversion to major religions, and the
political consequences of Indonesian ‘reformasi’ have all contributed to the present situation in which
despite changes in the material basis of their lives, Nuaulu have projected a strong independent
identity and organisation. This paper shows how these factors are interrelated, and in particular the
part played by marriage patterns between clans.