At the Edges of States: Dynamics of State Formation in the Indonesian Borderlands by Michael Eilenberg
English | Nov. 30, 2011 | ISBN: 9067183741 | 377 Pages | PDF | 5 MB
Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this study explores the shifting relationships between border communities and the state along the political border with East Malaysia. The book rests on the premise that remote border regions offer an exciting study arena that can tell us important things about how marginal citizens relate to their nation-state. The basic assumption is that central state authority in the Indonesian borderlands has never been absolute, but waxes and wanes, and state rules and laws are always up for local interpretation and negotiation.