Beckmann and Wiber - Chapter 09
How Communal is Communal and Whose Communal is It"
Lessons from Minangkabau
Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
shall first deal with the complex of pusako property and
inheritance and discuss how categorical and concretised relationships
to pusako have been influenced by the struggle over inheritance, the
incorporation into the state administration and social and economic
changes. Then we shall turn to the village commons for a similar
analysis. Our discussion will also help to clarify current legal and
political debates over the place of communal property in Minangkabau,
debates that do not sufficiently distinguish between quite different
sets of rights to
pusako and ulayat.