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By Charles Zerner,Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing,Marina Roseman,Stephanie Gorson Fried

This selection of ethnographic and interpretive essays essentially alters the talk over indigenous land claims in Southeast Asia and past. in line with fieldwork performed in Malaysia and Indonesia throughout the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, those reviews discover new terrain on the intersection of environmental justice, nature conservation, cultural functionality, and the politics of constructing and studying claims.
Calling for radical redefinitions of improvement and possession and for brand new understandings of the interpretation of tradition and rights in politically risky contexts—natural source frontiers—this quantity hyperlinks social injustice and the degradation of Southeast Asian environments. Charles Zerner and his colleagues convey how geographical parts as soon as seen as wild and undeveloped are literally cultural artifacts formed through complicated interactions with human societies. Drawing on richly diverse resources of facts and interpretation—from trance dances, court docket court cases, tree planting styles, marine and wooded area rituals, erotic poems, and codifications of widespread legislation, Culture and the query of Rights finds the ironies, complexities, and histories of up to date groups’ struggles to maintain their gardens, forests, fishing territories, and graveyards. The individuals research how those cultural actions paintings to either build and to put declare to nature. those essays open up new avenues for negotiating indigenous rights opposed to a history of violence, proliferating markets, and worldwide principles of biodiversity and threatened habitat.

Contributors. Jane Atkinson, Don Brenneis, Stephanie Fried, Nancy Peluso, Marina Roseman, Anna Tsing, Charles Zerner

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