Tribal Communities in the Malay World

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Geoffrey Benjamin
Flipside Digital Content Company Inc., 1 .. 2003
The Malay World (Alam Melayu), spanning the Malay Peninsula, much of Sumatra, and parts of Borneo, has long contained within it a variety of populations. Most of the Malays have been organized into the different kingdoms (kerajaan Melayu) from which they have derived their identity. But the territories of those kingdoms have also included tribal peoples - both Malay and non-Malay - who have held themselves apart from those kingdoms in varying degrees. In the last three decades, research on these tribal societies has aroused increasing interest.This book explores the ways in which the character of these societies relates to the Malay kingdoms that have held power in the region for many centuries past, as well as to the modern nation-states of the region. It brings together researchers committed to comparative analysis of the tribal groups living on either side of the Malacca Straits - in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. New theoretical and descriptive approaches are presented for the study of the social and cultural continuities and discontinuities manifested by tribal life in the region.
 

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List of Contributors
Internal Colonialism Minorities and the State
South Thailand and Riau
Organizing Orang Asli Identity
Forest People Conservation Boundaries and the Problem of Modernity in Malaysia
The Temiars
Semai Theology PreAryan Religion and the Dynamics
Culture Contact and Semai Cultural Identity
The Last Settlements
The Construction of Ethnic Realities
The Orang Suku Laut and the Growth Triangle in a Contested
The Orang Petalangan of Riau and their Forest Environment
Intergroup Relations in North Sumatra
Visions of the Wilderness on Siberut in a Comparative Southeast Asian Perpective
Gender and Ethnic Identity among the Lahanans of Sarawak
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