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Cover Photo Buid children playing a game in which the members of one team cooperate to capture members of the other team and to free members of their own. They were playing the same game when Gibson first arrived in Mindoro in 1979. It never results in a winning or losing team. (Photograph © Thomas Gibson 2009)

Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #60

This volume analyzes a group of Southeast Asian societies that have in common a mode of sociality that maximizes personal autonomy, political egalitarianism, and inclusive forms of social solidarity. Their members make their livings as nomadic hunter-gatherers, shifting cultivators, sea nomads, and peasants embedded in market economies. While political anarchy and radical equality appear in many societies as utopian ideals, these societies provide examples of actually existing, viable forms of "anarchy." This book documents the mechanisms that enable these societies to maintain their life-ways and suggests some moral and political lessons that those who appreciate them might apply to their own societies.

Thomas Gibson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rochester. He began fieldwork among the Buid of Mindoro, Philippines, in 1979, and among the Makassar of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 1988.

Kenneth Sillander is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. He has done fieldwork among the Bentian of Indonesian Borneo since 1993.

Contributors Geoffrey Benjamin, Robert Dentan, James Eder, Kirk Endicott, Thomas Gibson, Signe Howell, Lars Kaskija, Charles Macdonald, Clifford Sather, and Kenneth Sillander

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