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At the Edge of Mangrove Forest
At the Edge of Mangrove Forest

At the Edge of Mangrove Forest

The Suku Asli and the Quest for Indigeneity, Ethnicity, and Development


Kyoto Area Studies on Asia


252 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $50.95)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781925608410

Rights: US, CA & IN

Trans Pacific Press (Sep 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2022


Although ethnic Malays make up the majority of the Malaysian population and are the ruling class of the nation, there are also indigenous peoples, including the Suku Asli. Indigenous peoples are not self-evidently indigenous from the start. They are a political framework whose existence is recognized and shaped by the forces at work among other peoples and groups. This book describes the process by which the Suku Asli have become aware of their indigeneity, objectify and sometimes change their lifestyles, construct identities of "indigeneity," and eventually "become” indigenous people.

Author Biography

Takamasa Osawa is a lecturer at Kansai University. He holds a PhD from University of Edinburgh. He is a social anthropologist who has studied indigenous communities in Riau, Indonesia. In recent years, he has engaged in a transdisciplinary project to empower indigenous communities in tropical peatland environments.