By Michael Eilenberg

Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this examine explores the moving relationships among border groups and the kingdom alongside the political border with East Malaysia. The publication rests at the premise that distant border areas provide a thrilling examine area which may let us know vital issues approximately how marginal electorate relate to their countryside. the elemental assumption is that vital country authority within the Indonesian borderlands hasn't ever been absolute, yet waxes and wanes, and country ideas and legislation are consistently up for neighborhood interpretation and negotiation. In its function as key image of kingdom sovereignty, the borderland has turn into a spot have been vital kingdom professionals are frequently such a lot wanting to govern and workout strength. yet as illustrated, the borderland can also be a spot have been kingdom authority is probably to be challenged, puzzled and manipulated as border groups usually have a number of loyalties that go beyond nation borders and contradict imaginations of the country as guardians of nationwide sovereignty and citizenship. initially released by way of KITLV Press with ISBN 9789067183741. complete textual content (Open entry)

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The book will pay special attention to ongoing debates concerning Southeast Asian borderlands. Within these debates, the idea of ‘the state’, as seen from the borderland and its population, inevitably takes a central position. Afterwards the book elaborates on the value of applying a processoriented approach as an overall frame for understanding the complexities and social dynamics in the borderland setting. The extensive literature on border studies is spread across many disciplinary fields, and there are just as many ways of approaching the subject.

Besides the three groups mentioned, the area has periodically attracted large numbers of migrants from other parts of the province and Indonesia. This was especially the case during the different periods of heavy timber logging, when the border population increased dramatically. These migrants largely resided in wooden shacks in the administrative posts and market towns of Lanjak and Badau and the numerous surrounding logging camps and sawmills. Besides the large number of internal migrants, the local timber adventures also attract opportunity 6 The Iban population is divided into 109 distinct communities, encompassing 1,843 households, plus those residing in the subdistrict seats (Wadley and Kuyah 2001:723).

For a detailed discussion the Iban ethnic category in Kalimantan, see Reed Wadley (2000a) and Victor King (2001). In order to avoid any confusion and to simplify the argument, the study will apply the term Iban as a common label for the Ibanic group studied. In terms of ethnic identities, at least three main types of border populations can be identified: (i) those which share ethnic ties across the border, as well as with those residing at their own state’s geographical core; (ii) those who are differentiated by cross-border ethnic bonds from other residents of their state; and (iii) those who are members of the national majority in their state, and have no ethnic ties across the state’s borders (Wilson and Donnan 1998a:14).

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