Tribal Communities in the Malay World: Historical, Cultural and Social Perspectives

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Geoffrey Benjamin, Cynthia Chou
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2002 - 489 ˹

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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1 Introduction by Geoffrey Benjamin and Cynthia Chou
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2 On Being Tribal in the Malay World by Geoffrey Benjamin
7
3 Tribal People in the Southern Thai Border by Annette Hamilton
77
4 Developing Indigenous Communities into Sakais by Nathan Porath
97
5 Organizing Orang Asli Identity by Colin Nicholas
119
6 Traditional Alliances by Juli Edo
137
7 Forest People Conservation Boundaries and the Problem of Modernity in Malaysia by Lye TuckPo
160
8 Engaging the Spirits of Modernity by Marina Roseman
185
12 Singapores Orang Seletar Orang Kallang and Orang Selat by Mariam Ali
273
13 Orang Suku Laut Identity by Lioba Lenhart
293
14 Tribality and Globalization by Cynthia Chou and Vivienne Wee
318
15 The Orang Petalangan of Riau and their Forest Environment by Tenas Effendy
364
16 InterGroup Relations in North Sumatra by Juara R Ginting
384
17 State Policy Peasantization and Ethnicity by Tine G Ruiter
401
18 Visions of the Wilderness on Siberut in a Comparative Southeast Asian Perspective by Reimar Schefold
422
19 Defining Wildness and Wilderness by Gerard A Persoon
439

9 Against the Kingdom of the Beast by Robert K Dentan
206
10 Culture Contact and Semai Cultural Identity by Gerco Kroes
237
11 We People Belong in the Forest by Signe Howell
254
20 Gender and Ethnic Identity among the Lahanans of Sarawak by Jennifer Alexander and Paul Alexander
457
Index
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Geoffrey Benjamin is Associate Professor at the General Studies Unit, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Cynthia Chou is with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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