Christianity, colonization, and gender relations in North Sumatra [electronic resource] : a patrilineal society in flux / by Sita T. van Bemmelen
- Bemmelen, Sita van
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Physical Description:
- xv, 574 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
- Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; volume 309
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- "Offers an account of changes in Toba Batak society (Sumatra, Indonesia) under the influence of Christianity and Dutch colonial rule (1861-1942). Sita van Bemmelen's research focuses on customs and customary law related to the life cycle and gender relations. The book's first part is a historical ethnography, describing society as it existed at the onset of colonial rule. The second part zooms in on the negotiations between the Toba Batak elite, the missionaries of the German Rhenish Mission and colonial administrators about the marriage customs. Each contestant had an evolving view on desirable modernity. Christianity and colonial rule changed the way the Toba Batak reproduced their patrilineal kinship system. This affected gender relations permanently"--
- 9789004345744 (hardback : alk. paper)
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- Includes bibliographical references (529-546) and index.
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