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The Development of Sago Property Rights System Among the Punan Vuhang Hunter-Gatherers

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Chan, Henry
Conference: Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Berkeley, CA
Conf. Date: June 5-8, 1996
Date: 1996
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/783
Sector: Fisheries
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
hunters and gatherers
property rights
rain forests
Abstract: "This study examines the development of the community's use of resources in a tropical rainforest using resource tenure as a lens. In particular I look at impacts of sedentarization and the modern cash economy on property rights in land and trees. All resources even staple foods are allocated with private and common property. The adoption of cultivation has changed the value of various resources. Land and construction materials have become items of extremely high value; sago, the staple food, has become less important with the availability of cultivated food. How the private and common private property rights for various resources are thus discussed."

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