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By Michael Eilenberg

ISBN-10: 9067183741

ISBN-13: 9789067183741

Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this learn explores the moving relationships among border groups and the kingdom alongside the political border with East Malaysia. The e-book rests at the premise that distant border areas supply an exhilarating learn area which can let us know very important issues approximately how marginal electorate relate to their geographical region. the fundamental assumption is that crucial kingdom 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 nation sovereignty, the borderland has turn into a spot have been crucial kingdom gurus are usually so much desirous to govern and workout strength. yet as illustrated, the borderland is usually 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 nation as guardians of nationwide sovereignty and citizenship. initially released via KITLV Press with ISBN 9789067183741. complete textual content (Open entry)

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18 The transborder Iban as a whole have a long history of migration and a well-established network of trade, communication, and kinship dating back to pre-colonial times. After both Malaysia and Indonesia achieved independence in the mid-twentieth century, the old colonial borders of Borneo, as with many former colonial territories, continued to demarcate the new post-colonial states, and the Iban subsequently became Indonesian and Malaysian citizens. Yet, in almost all West Kalimantan Iban communities, every family in one way or another is closely related to people living on the opposite side of the border.

As in many borderland situations, it is often the minority portion of the partitioned population that exhibits this identity complex. Whether among Italian Swiss or Kalimantan Iban, contradictory identities are felt, while their kin on the other side of the border do not face a similar ambiguity (Leimgrubber 1991). Indeed, Sarawak Iban, even those living close to the border, do not show the borderland ‘mentality’ that their cousins across the border do. They may cross the border to visit kin in order to engage in a casual cockfight (a legal pastime in the Kalimantan Iban-dominated border area, but illegal in Malaysia), or to marry one of the ‘gentle’ and hardworking Kalimantan Iban women.

In reality, because government surveillance at the Nanga Badau border post (Pos Lintas Batas, or PLB) is very lax, with official resources few and corruption widespread, most Iban seeking employment simply cross the border without passes (Kompas 1999a). The few who use the pass are mostly local non-Iban traders selling or shopping at the main bazaar in Lubok Antu, although some also obtain passes to enter Malaysia with the intention of later looking for work (see Hugo 2003:445). 12 Many Sarawak immigration officers stationed at border posts are ethnic Iban themselves and often ignore Kalimantan 12 A few times a year, women from borderland communities cross into Sarawak to sell their traditionally woven cloths, which are highly sought after because of their high quality and affordability.

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