Centering the margin : agency and narrative in Southeast Asian borderlands /
edited by Alexander Horstmann and Reed L. Wadley.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.
viii, 238 p.
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New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.
general note
Chiefly papers presented in a two-session panel organized for the Third International Convention for Asian Scholars (ICAS) in Singapore, Aug. 19-22, 2003.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
In a completely new approach to borders and border crossing, this volume suggests a re-conceptualization of the nation in Southeast Asia. Choosing an actor approach, the individual chapters in this volume capture the narratives of minorities, migrants and refugees who inhabit and cross borders as part of their everyday life. They show that people are not only constrained by borders; the crossing of borders also opens up new options of agency. Making active use of these, border-crossing actors construct their own live projects on the border in multiple ways against the original intention of the nation-state. Based on their intimate knowledge of the interaction of communities, anthropologists from Europe, the USA, Japan and Southeast Asia provide a vivid picture of the effects of state policies at the borders on these communities.
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In a new approach to borders and border crossing, this volume suggests a re-conceptualization of the nation in Southeast Asia.
Table of Contents
Introduction : centering the margin in Southeast Asiap. 1
"Once were Burmese Shans" : reinventing ethnic identity in Northwestern Thailandp. 27
Would-be centers : the texture of historical discourse in Makassarp. 53
Political periphery, cosmological center : the reproduction of Rmeet sociocosmic order and the Laos-Thailand borderp. 67
Premodern flows in postmodern China : globalization and the Sipsongpanna Taisp. 87
Borders and multiple realities : the Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesiap. 111
In the margin of a borderland : the Florenese community between Nunukan and Tawaup. 135
Deconstructing citizenship from the border : dual ethnic minorities and local reworking of citizenship at the Thailand-Malaysian frontierp. 155
Sex and the sacred : sojourners and visitors in the making of the Southern Thai Borderlandp. 177
Narrating the border : perspectives from the Kelabit Highlands of Borneop. 207
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