By Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan
This edited ebook is the 1st significant overview of what has been accomplished in Borneo reports thus far. Chapters during this publication situate examine on Borneo in the normal disciplinary fields of the social sciences, with the load of consciousness dedicated to anthropological study and comparable fields akin to improvement stories, gender experiences, environmental stories, social coverage reports and cultural reports. the various chapters during this e-book are prolonged models of shows on the Borneo examine Council’s overseas convention hosted via Universiti Brunei Darussalam in June 2012 and a Borneo reviews workshop organised in Brunei in 2012. the quantity examines a number of the significant debates and controversies in Borneo reports, together with these that have served to attach post-war examine on Borneo to wider scholarship. It additionally assesses a number of the more moderen contributions and pursuits of in the community dependent researchers in universities and different associations in Borneo itself. the foremost energy of the publication is the inclusion of quite a lot of study undertaken by way of students operating and educating in the Southeast Asian sector. particularly there's an exam of study fabrics released within the vernacular, significantly the outpouring of labor released in Indonesian via the Institut Dayakologi in Pontianak. In doing so, the ebook additionally addresses the pressing issues that have no longer obtained the eye they deserve, particularly topics, topics and matters that experience already been lined yet require extra contemplation, elaboration and study, and the scope for disciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration in Borneo stories. The booklet is a invaluable source and reference paintings for college students and researchers attracted to social technology scholarship on Borneo, and for people with wider pursuits in Indonesia and Malaysia, and within the Southeast Asian region.
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They usually do not know where farm boundaries are located and they have no formal records of their rights in customary land. The land can then be sold on for proﬁt to plantation companies in the context of state-promoted commercial joint venture estate development. This situation has resulted in conflicts and disputes over land rights, and the disenfranchisement of a signiﬁcant number of those who have migrated from their homelands. But it operates under a customary law system which is no longer appropriate to a dynamic situation of capitalistic development, mobility and modernisation.
Nevertheless, both Needham and Freeman were moving towards explanations of symbolism and cultural behaviour and interpretation based on the assumption of the unity of humankind. Needham continued to pursue the fundamental and universal principles of logic which structured ‘collective representations’ and he embraced the notion that certain symbols like ﬁre and stone were ‘archetypal’ or ‘natural’ symbols; while Freeman had moved further down the road of psychoanalytical explanation, the importance of the unconscious processes of the mind and the principle that we share a universal biological heritage and character.
They moved into other ﬁelds but this did not seem, in my view at least, to provide major contributions to anthropological theory. It did, however, present us with some important and substantial ethnographical material. Nor did they provide a training ground for research students in Borneo Studies; they invariably supervised students who were pursuing research in other parts of the world. This also applies to Needham and Leach. In the case of Needham, he supervised an astonishing range of 26 Victor T.
Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture by Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan