Appell, Laura W. R.. Sex role symmetry among the Rungus of Sabah

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Sex role symmetry among the Rungus of Sabah

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Female and male in Borneo : contributions and challenges to gender studies, edited by Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr.

Published By: Original publisher Female and male in Borneo : contributions and challenges to gender studies, edited by Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr. Williamsburg, VA, USA: Borneo Research Council. [1991]. 1-56 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Laura W. R. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Division of labor by gender (462); Gender status (562); Marriage (580); Family relationships (593); Socialization (860); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of gender relations among the Rungus Dusun. Laura Appell makes the case for sexual symmetry. According to Appell, Rungus male and female roles are balanced in the household economy. High bride price underscores the value of a bride's skills and potential contribution to the household. Spirit mediums who play an important role in Rungus healthcare are exclusively women. Uxorilocal residence, mutual respect between spouses, and the absence of sexual violence (see Appell 1991, document no. 6) are also indications of relative equality between the sexes. The general restraint on sexual behavior may be a contributing factor in sexual equality. The document includes 22 photographs.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. oc13-010

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-34)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1959-1963, 1986

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1959-1986

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dusun (Bornean people)


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