Culture and the Question of Rights: Forests, Coasts, and Seas in Southeast Asia
Charles ZernerISBN: 082232802X;
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 newterrain 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...
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