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Author Eilenberg, Michael, author.

Title At the Edges of States: Dynamics of State Formation in the Indonesian Borderlands.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] Brill 2012.


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Series Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde / Power and Place in Southeast Asia Ser.
Verhandelingen Van Het Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde / Power and Place in Southeast Asia Ser.
Language English.
Summary Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this study explores the shifting relationships between border communities and the state along the political border with East Malaysia. The book rests on the premises that remote border regions offer an exciting study arena that can tell us important things about how marginal citizens relate to their nation-state. The basic assumption is that central state authority in the Indonesian borderlands has never been absolute, but waxes and wanes, and state rules and laws are always up for local interpretation and negotiation. In its role as key symbol of state sovereignty, the borderland has become a place were central state authorities are often most eager to govern and exercise power. But as illustrated, the borderland is also a place were state authority is most likely to be challenged, questioned and manipulated as border communities often have multiple loyalties that transcend state borders and contradict imaginations of the state as guardians of national sovereignty and citizenship. (...) Michael Eilenberg (1975) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University. His research focuses on issues of state formation, sovereignty, and agrarian expansion in frontier regions of Southeast Asia. (...) "Eilenberg's rich insights could not have been achieved without years spent developing trust and experiencing firsthand the ambiguity of a border as a zone of opportunity as well as control. The analysis of the border elite who combine traditional authority with bureaucratic once, charisma with force, and legal practices with illegal ones throws into sharp relief a set of practices that are found not only on the fringes of the Indonesian nation, but on the fringes of its cities as well. Anyone interested in understanding how power works in Indonesia should read this book". Tania Murray Li, Toronto University (...) "This pioneering study of state formation 'at the margins' forms a perfect demonstration of the promise of borderland studies. Eilenberg argues convincingly that borderlands - and the international borders that run through them - are critical sites for understanding shifting state-society relations. His book provides a powerful analysis of the local historical contexts of resource struggles, state policies and social strategies in what many consider to be a remote and insignifcant Indonesian borderland. Eilenberg makes us realize how the unpredictable dynamics of such borderland societies affect entire nation-states". Willem van Schendel, Amsterdam University.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-337) and index.
Subject Social sciences (General)
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- General.
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Indonesia -- Kapuas Hulu. (OCoLC)fst01236766
Indexed Term indonesia
local politics
borderland studies
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Title At the Edges of States
Power and Place in Southeast Asia, Volume 275
Verhandelingen van het Koninkl?k Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde
Verhandelingen van het Koninkl#dk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde vol. 275
Subseries Of: (CKB)1000000000708201
In: Books at JSTOR: Open Access. JSTOR
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks). OAPEN
Other Form: Print version: 9781299783966
ISBN 9067183741
9789004253469 (electronic bk.)
9004253467 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9789067183741
10.26530/OAPEN_411390 doi
AU@ 000065197375
GBVCP 865740631

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