At the Edge of the State: Dynamics of State Formation in the by Michael Eilenberg

By Michael Eilenberg

Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this examine explores the moving relationships among border groups and the kingdom alongside the political border with East Malaysia. The publication rests at the premise that distant border areas supply an exhilarating research area which can let us know very important issues approximately how marginal electorate relate to their geographical region. the fundamental assumption is that significant nation authority within the Indonesian borderlands hasn't ever been absolute, yet waxes and wanes, and nation ideas and legislation are regularly up for neighborhood interpretation and negotiation. In its function as key image of country sovereignty, the borderland has turn into a spot have been principal nation experts are usually so much desirous to govern and workout strength. yet as illustrated, the borderland is additionally a spot have been country authority is probably to be challenged, puzzled and manipulated as border groups usually have a number of loyalties that go beyond country borders and contradict imaginations of the kingdom as guardians of nationwide sovereignty and citizenship. initially released through KITLV Press with ISBN 9789067183741. complete textual content (Open entry)

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Melayu is the local term for the Muslim population in the area (compared to the predominantly Christian Iban and Maloh population). In 2007, the Iban population was estimated to account for more than 50 percent (approximately 20,000)6 of the total population, the Maloh 30 percent and the Melayu 10 percent. This is a rough estimate based on recent district population data (BPS-KH 2006) and an ethnic census (Wadley and Kuyah 2001:720-23), but due to the unreliability of these data, numbers may differ.

This road later became part of a larger plan to open 2000 km of roads along the entire length of the Kalimantan border (Kompas 2005a). The national media has often indicated that the lack of good roads connecting the border area with the rest of the province is the main reason why border communities are less directed towards their own country than neighbouring Malaysia (Kompas 2001). Beginning in 2007, this slowly improving infrastructure has included stretches of paved roads, electricity in many roadside communities, and cell phone towers, and has recently reduced travelling time for residents when going to town to sell cash crops, buy consumer goods, attend 22 1 Introduction | school, and visit government offices and clinics, as well as to cross the border to work or visit family in Sarawak.

This involved talking to local people (elite and non-elite), Malaysian entrepreneurs, politicians, and state officials at all levels of regional government administration (subdistrict, district and province). The involvement of a broad selection of informants in the research frame provided a wealth of information and a variety of distinct views on the research topic that could be checked and cross-checked in order to create a representative picture of the processes studied. Many key informants were part of a network of my old contacts from previous fieldwork.

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