Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture by Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan

By Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim, Noor Hasharina Hassan

This edited e-book is the 1st significant overview of what has been completed in Borneo reviews thus far. Chapters during this ebook situate examine on Borneo in the basic disciplinary fields of the social sciences, with the load of awareness dedicated to anthropological examine and comparable fields comparable to improvement reports, gender stories, environmental experiences, social coverage reviews and cultural reviews. many of the chapters during this booklet are prolonged models of displays on the Borneo learn Council’s foreign convention hosted via Universiti Brunei Darussalam in June 2012 and a Borneo reviews workshop organised in Brunei in 2012. the quantity examines the various 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 many 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 examine undertaken by way of students operating and educating in the Southeast Asian zone. specifically there's an exam of study fabrics released within the vernacular, significantly the outpouring of labor released in Indonesian through the Institut Dayakologi in Pontianak. In doing so, the publication additionally addresses the pressing issues that have no longer bought the eye they deserve, particularly topics, issues and matters that experience already been coated yet require extra contemplation, elaboration and learn, and the scope for disciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration in Borneo reviews. The booklet is a beneficial source and reference paintings for college kids and researchers drawn 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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He points to the important place that not only Brunei Studies plays in the profile of the university, but through the work of the Institute of Asian Studies the increasing focus on Borneo Studies in a multidisciplinary framework. UBD, UMS and UNIMAS have all hosted biennial conferences of the Borneo Research Council (as have Universitas Tanjungpura, Pontianak and Palangkaraya in Kalimantan). Unfortunately we do not have any surveys or work undertaken in Kalimantan universities, but Zaenuddin Hudi Prasojo in Chap.

From 1978, under the Berjaya state government, Sabah opened up to research again, in linguistics, anthropology, and in material culture through the Sabah Museum, and then from 1985 in development studies through the Institute of Development Studies. Pugh-Kitingan also surveys her own extensive work in ethnomusicology among the Kadazan Dusun and 32 other local groups. She concludes by providing a summary of the enormously improved infrastructure for research on Sabah with the establishment of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in 1994.

As King has done in Chaps. 2 and 5, Pugh-Kitingan also refers to George Appell’s and his wife’s important work among the Rungus Dusun, Clifford Sather’s research among the Bajau Laut, 8 Victor T. King et al. and Robert Harrison’s among the Ranau Dusun, and the contention between Appell and others and the anthropologist Thomas Rhys Williams and his reports on his field study of the Dusun at Tambunan. One major setback in the development of research on Sabah, which was not experienced in Sarawak, was the decision by Tun Mustapha Harun, the chief minister from 1967 to 1975, to impose restrictions on Christian missionary work in Sabah and on foreign researchers undertaking social science research in the state.

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