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The Jama Mapun: A Changing Samal Society in the Southern Philippines

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The Jama Mapun is an original ethnographic portrait of an important Samalan people found in Cagayan de Sulu, southern Palawan, and North Borneo. It explores the major dimensions of this maritime society--its economic system and environmental adaptation, its political system and authority structures, its religious traditions and value orientation. Describing and documenting the major economic and sociocultural changes that the Jama Mapun have been undergoing in the past 70 years, the book not only adds to the body of general anthropological knowledge but also offers to theorists and planners thoughtful stimulation for evolving humanly satisfying political and cultural structures in the Third World.