Beyond the Green Myth: Borneo’s Hunter-Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century


Peter Sercombe & Bernard Sellato (eds)

Covering all those parts of Borneo where nomads (called Penan, Punan or by various other names) are or were known to exist, this book provides a comparative historical-ecological study of these groups. The study is primarily concerned with issues of modernization (the monetary economy, formalized institutions, centralized power structures, contractual relationships and extraction activities) and development policies. The impact of these policies is analysed with special regard to the natural environment inhabited by these small-scale societies, and to the use of its resources. The book has no stiff theoretical orientation but it will inform ongoing debates about changing forms of ethnicity, relations between minorities and the state, minorities’ rights and survival, native discourse, the sustainability of tropical forest use, and the
neo-romantic environmentalist myth of so-called wise traditional peoples.

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Beyond the Green Myth: Borneo’s Hunter-Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century

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