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The Heat of the Hearth: The Process of Kinship in a Malay Fishing Community

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Janet Carsten offers an original and very personal investigation of the nature of kinship in Malaysia, based upon her own experience as a foster daughter in a family on the island of Langkawi. She shows that Malay kinship is a process, not a state: it is determined partly by birth, but also throughout life by living together and sharing food. Carsten gives the reader a fas ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 19th 1997 by Clarendon Press
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Letitia
Well-written anthropological account of a village in Langkawi in the 1980s. Enlightening despite (or perhaps because of) its specific and narrow scope. Some highlights from each chapter:

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“...These, on the whole peaceful and pleasant, images from more than ten years ago are accompanied still today by a more unnerving and powerful sensation of claustrophobia and intrusion. The absence of privacy was more than just that; it was a feeling of being taken over and controlled, of having ever
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