On the contemporary uses of colonial history and the legitimation of political status in archipelagic southeast Seram

Ellen, R.F. (1997) On the contemporary uses of colonial history and the legitimation of political status in archipelagic southeast Seram. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 28 (1). 78-&. ISSN 0022-4634. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Drawing upon data from the Seram Laut and Gorom archipelagoes, this paper examines how contemporary rulers legitimate their rights by asserting links with sources of traditional authority. In particular, it is argued that archaic titles remain important because the colonial period stabilized the relationship between domains, and because such titles thus provide a means of validating claims to resources, combating state incursions and competing for influence, The possession of old documents supports such claims by confirming them in writing, but also by being old ''things'' linked to the person of the ruler.

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