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Between Frontiers: Nation and Identity in a Southeast Asian Borderland

NOBORU ISHIKAWA is Associate Professor with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.

NUS Press (First Published, 2010)
288 pages including Bibliography and Index

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ISBN: 9789971693558 Product ID: 2680 Subjects: , Sub-subjects: , , , ,

Between Frontiers: Nation and Identity in a Southeast Asian Borderland explores what happens when the state actualizes its territoriality based on the fieldwork in, and archival research on, the borderland between Malaysian Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo. How does the state maintain national space, and how do people strategically situate themselves as members of a local community, nation, and ethnic group in a social field designated as national territory? By posing such questions in the context of concrete circumstances where a village boundary coincides with a national border, this study delineates state-society dialectics and the production of the nation viewed from the margins both as history. A staple of post-war academic writing, “nationalism” is a contentious and often unanalyzed abstraction that has come to be treated as something “imagined”, “fashioned”, and “disseminated”. Between Frontiers restores the nation to the social field from which it has been abstracted by looking at how the emergence of national spaces shapes the existence of people living in border zones, where they live between nations.

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
A Note on Currency

Introduction

PART I: FROM SULTANATE FRONTIER TO NATIONAL PERIPHERY

1. The Geo-body in Transition
2. Inscribing a Boundary at the Imperial Margin
3. Contraband and Konfrontasi

PART II: INSCRIBING A VILLAGE AND A NATION ON THE BORDER

4. On the Periphery
5. The Genesis of Ethnic Displacement
6. Border Location Work
7. Osmotic Pressure of the Nation-State
8. Borderland Development

Conclusion

Appendix: Agriculture in Telok Melano
Bibliography
Index

Weight0.435 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 0.7 cm
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