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Being Malay in Indonesia: histories, hopes and citizenship in the Riau Archipelago

Long, Nicholas J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4088-1661 (2013) Being Malay in Indonesia: histories, hopes and citizenship in the Riau Archipelago. NUS Press. ISBN 9780824838652

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Identification Number: 10.2307/j.ctv1qv1hk


In 1999, the people of Indonesia's Riau Archipelago were angry. Resentful of decades of "internal colonialism" by Mainland Sumatra, and concerned that they lacked the education and skills to flourish in a globalised world, they dreamed of inhabiting a province of their own. When the post-authoritarian state committed itself to democracy and local autonomy, they lobbied vigorously and successfully for the region to be returned to its "native" Malay residents. Riau Islands Province was born in 2004. This book explores what happened next. Living in a new province created "for Malays" forced Riau Islanders to engage with thorny questions over what it meant to be Malay and how to achieve the offi cial goal of becoming globally competitive "human resources". Putting nuanced ethnographic observations of life in the islands into a provocative dialogue with theorists ranging from Žižek to Sartre, this book explains how feelings of unsettledness and doubt came to permeate the province as a result of its very creation. Offering fresh perspectives on commerce, spirit beliefs, education and culture,Being Malay in Indonesiachallenges much of the received wisdom in the anthropology of Southeast Asia and makes a powerful case for the importance of feelings, sentiments and affect in studies of local development and political change.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © 2013 NUS Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2021 23:06

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