Southeast Asian nations have devised a range of development programs that strive to incorporate minority ethnic groups into the nation-state. The authors of Civilizing the Margins discuss the programs, policies, and laws that affect ethnic minorities in eight countries: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Once targeted for intervention, people such as the Orang Asli of Malaysia and the "hill tribes" of Thailand often become the subject of programs aimed at radically changing their lifestyles, which the government views as backward or primitive. Several chapters highlight the tragic consequences of forced resettlement, a common result of these programs. Others question the motives behind pushing minorities into "development" schemes. Rather than simply describing the effects of the programs and the experiences of participants, the contributors to this book attempt to understand the ideologies and strategies that led to the implementation of these programs.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 482 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
"Civilizing the Margins is an indispensable guide to minority policy and practice throughout Southeast Asia. It offers a cohesive theme, a splendid introduction and overview, and contributions both subtle and original that reach far beyond the usual platitudes. Judging from the quality, one may look forward with anticipation and great confidence to the future work of the many newly-minted scholars represented here."-James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University
"For insight into why governments in Southeast Asia want to modernize and 'civilize' potentially autonomous indigenous populations in their midst, and why the policies they adopt cause those populations to become more vulnerable and marginalized, I am confident that no better book is available than Civilizing the Margins. Detailed and informative, it is a timely and valuable contribution to understanding the politics of indigenous development in Southeast Asia."-Colin Nicholas, Ph.D., Coordinator, Center for Orang Asli Concerns, Malaysia