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Culture and the Question of Rights: Forests, Coasts, and Seas in Southeast Asia
     

Culture and the Question of Rights: Forests, Coasts, and Seas in Southeast Asia

by Charles Zerner, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Marina Roseman, Stephanie Gorson Fried
 

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ISBN-10: 0822328135

ISBN-13: 9780822328131

Pub. Date: 04/16/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


This collection of ethnographic and interpretive essays fundamentally alters the debate over indigenous land claims in Southeast Asia and beyond. Based on fieldwork conducted in Malaysia and Indonesia during the 1980s and 1990s, these studies explore new terrain at the intersection of environmental justice, nature conservation, cultural performance, and the

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This collection of ethnographic and interpretive essays fundamentally alters the debate over indigenous land claims in Southeast Asia and beyond. Based on fieldwork conducted in Malaysia and Indonesia during the 1980s and 1990s, these studies explore new terrain at the intersection of environmental justice, nature conservation, cultural performance, and the politics of making and interpreting claims.

Calling for radical redefinitions of development and ownership and for new understandings of the translation of culture and rights in politically dangerous contexts-natural resource frontiers-this volume links social injustice and the degradation of Southeast Asian environments. Charles Zerner and his colleagues show how geographical areas once viewed as wild and undeveloped are actually cultural artifacts, shaped by complex interactions with human societies. Drawing on richly varied sources of evidence and interpretation-from trance dances, court proceedings, tree planting patterns, marine and forest rituals, erotic poems, and codifications of customary law, Culture and the Question of Rights reveals the ironies, complexities, and histories of contemporary communities' struggles to retain their gardens, forests, and graveyards. The contributors examine how these cultural activities work to both construct and to lay claim to nature. These essays open up new avenues for negotiating indigenous rights against a background of violence, proliferating markets, and global ideas of biodiversity and threatened habitat. This collection will prove valuable to anthropologists, political geographers, ecologists, environmentalists, legal scholars, and those interested in indigenous rights.

Contributors. Jane Atkinson, Don Brenneis, Stephanie Fried, Nancy Peluso, Marina Roseman, Anna Tsing, Charles Zerner

About the Author

Charles Zerner is Barbara B. and Bertram J. Cohn Professor of Environmental Studies at Sarah Lawrence College.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328131
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction. Moving Translations: Poetics, Performance, and Property in Indonesia and Malaysia / Charles Zerner 1

Cultivating the Wild: Honey-Hunting and Forest Management in Southeast Kilimantan / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 24

Sounding the Makassar Strait: The Poetics and Politics of an Indonesian Marine Environment / Charles Zerner 56

Singers of the Landscape: Song, History, and Property Rights in the Malaysian Rainforest / Marina Roseman 109

Writing for Their Lives: Bentian Dayak Authors and Indonesian Development Discourse / Stephanie Gorson Fried 142

Fruit Trees and Family Trees in an Anthropogenic Forest: Property Zones, Resource Access, and Environmental Change in Indonesia / Nancy Lee Peluso 184

Reflections: Toward New Conceptions of Rights / Donald Brenneis 219

Afterword. By Land and By Sea: Reflections on Claims and Communities in the Malay Archipelago / Jane Monnig Atkinson 235

Works Cited 249

List of Contributors 275

Index 277

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