Modernization among the Iban of Sarawak

Kedit, Peter Mulok (1976). Modernization among the Iban of Sarawak Master's Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kedit, Peter Mulok
Thesis Title Modernization among the Iban of Sarawak
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1976
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor John Western
Donald Tugby
Romola McSwain
Total pages 371
Language eng
Subjects L
370000 Studies in Human Society
370302 Social and Cultural Anthropology
370107 Social Change
Formatted abstract


THIS STUDY generally concerns the problems of contemporary change in a traditional society. Specifically it deals with modernisation among the Iban of Sarawak. Modernisation is used here to designate an evolutionary process of adaptation in the Iban's basic social-cultural structures, patterns of behaviour and conceptual world. The study is the results of three months survey research among 684 Iban from three geographical areas. The three groups are: (a) inhabitants of the long-houses in the riverine district of Lubok Antu in the interior of Sarawak, near the Kalimantan border, (b) people in the long-houses along the Paku Road, in the south-west region, and (c) the urban dwellers in the fringe Iban villages outside Kuching, the capital of Sarawak.

The Iban as a cultural group in the multi-cultural nation of Malaysia are changing their successful traditional adaptation to Sarawak environments. Changes in Iban society are rapid with the in-roads of political and economic modernisation. On the other hand, there has been differential transformation within Iban society because of relative exposure to agents of change. The three groups studied here, represent in some degree, these difference a within Iban society. Their proximity to the centres of change also reflect the levels of adaptation to modern demands of change as a result of the effects of historical processes on the social, cultural and physical environments. Before the advent of Western influence, the Iban were a culturally homogenous group, but with the complexities of contemporary changes, they have been transformed into sub-groups. The processes involved in this transformation are examined in this study.

Keyword Iban (Bornean people)
Sarawak (Malaysia) -- Social conditions
Additional Notes Pages 105 and 106 are the same

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