By Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan
This edited e-book is the 1st significant evaluation of what has been completed in Borneo stories thus far. Chapters during this publication situate examine on Borneo in the common disciplinary fields of the social sciences, with the load of realization dedicated to anthropological learn and similar fields comparable to improvement reviews, gender reviews, environmental experiences, social coverage stories and cultural experiences. a number of the chapters during this publication are prolonged models of displays on the Borneo study Council’s overseas convention hosted by means of Universiti Brunei Darussalam in June 2012 and a Borneo reports workshop organised in Brunei in 2012. the quantity examines many of the significant debates and controversies in Borneo reports, together with these that have served to attach post-war examine on Borneo to wider scholarship. It additionally assesses a few of the more moderen contributions and pursuits of in the community established researchers in universities and different associations in Borneo itself. the main power of the ebook is the inclusion of quite a lot of study undertaken by way of students operating and educating in the Southeast Asian zone. particularly there's an exam of analysis fabrics released within the vernacular, particularly the outpouring of labor released in Indonesian by way of the Institut Dayakologi in Pontianak. In doing so, the booklet additionally addresses the pressing issues that have no longer obtained the eye they deserve, particularly matters, topics and concerns that experience already been lined yet require extra contemplation, elaboration and learn, and the scope for disciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration in Borneo experiences. The booklet is a helpful source and reference paintings for college kids and researchers drawn to social technological know-how scholarship on Borneo, and for people with wider pursuits in Indonesia and Malaysia, and within the Southeast Asian region.
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Poline Bala in Chap. 13 provides us with an overview of the important work that has been done at UNIMAS since its foundation in 1992, a substantial body of research in applied and development-orientated work. A very speciﬁc focus has been on gender studies, and Hew Cheng Sim in Chap. 11 explores this area of research in Sarawak. She emphasises the fact that in a part of Borneo which was experiencing rapid transformations and urbanisation then an interest in gender relations naturally drew her to examine these in urban settings, to women’s experiences of rural–urban migration, to local women in the sex industry in Kuching, but also to changing gender relations in an Iban resettlement project.
As Endicott has indicated, and as I discerned in my meetings with Needham, he was rather dissatisﬁed with his Penan materials (though he had a large amount of data) in providing him with the tools to construct a coherent and ordered social and cultural account, or, perhaps to put it another way, Penan social organisation did not lend itself to the kinds of structural analyses to which he committed much of his professional life; infuriatingly, for him they lacked social structure (Endicott 2007: 16–17).
She emphasises the fact that in a part of Borneo which was experiencing rapid transformations and urbanisation then an interest in gender relations naturally drew her to examine these in urban settings, to women’s experiences of rural–urban migration, to local women in the sex industry in Kuching, but also to changing gender relations in an Iban resettlement project. Interestingly Hew draws attention to the blind spots in early Borneo anthropology in that the dimension of women’s roles, activities and perceptions had been ‘buried’ in male-dominated anthropology’s concerns with kinship, marriage and family structures (and we might add with the corporatist, structuralist concerns of this early post-war anthropology).
Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture by Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan