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Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

Anthropogenic Tropical Forests

Human–Nature Interfaces on the Plantation Frontier

Editors: Ishikawa, Noboru, Soda, Ryoji (Eds.)

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  • Elucidates human–nature interactions on a plantation frontier in Malaysian Borneo
  • Presents transdisciplinary research on anthropogenic nature with synergy between the natural and social sciences
  • Examines the relationship among global commodity chains, material cycles and food webs
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The studies in this volume provide an ethnography of a plantation frontier in central Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Drawing on the expertise of both natural scientists and social scientists, the key focus is the process of commodification of nature that has turned the local landscape into anthropogenic tropical forests. Analysing the transformation of the space of mixed landscapes and multiethnic communities—driven by trade in forest products, logging and the cultivation of oil palm—the contributors explore the changing nature of the environment, multispecies interactions, and the metabolism between capitalism and nature.

The project involved the collaboration of researchers specialising in anthropology, geography, Southeast Asian history, global history, area studies, political ecology, environmental economics, plant ecology, animal ecology, forest ecology, hydrology, ichthyology, geomorphology and life-cycle assessment.

Collectively, the transdisciplinary research addresses a number of vital questions. How are material cycles and food webs altered as a result of large-scale land-use change? How have new commodity chains emerged while older ones have disappeared? What changes are associated with such shifts? What are the relationships among these three elements—commodity chains, material cycles and food webs? Attempts to answer these questions led the team to go beyond the dichotomy of society and nature as well as human and non-human. Rather, the research highlights complex relational entanglements of the two worlds, abruptly and forcibly connected by human-induced changes in an emergent and compelling resource frontier in maritime Southeast Asia.

About the authors

Noboru Ishikawa is a professor of anthropology at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He has conducted fieldwork in Sarawak and West Kalimantan over the past two decades, exploring the construction of national space in the borderland, highland–lowland relations, commodification of natural resource and labour, and the relationship between nature and non-nature. His publications include: Between frontiers: nation and identity in a Southeast Asian borderland (2010), and the edited volumes Transborder governance of forests, rivers and seas (2010) and Flows and movements in Southeast Asia: new approaches to transnationalism (2011).

Ryoji Soda is a professor in geography at the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University, Japan. He has conducted field research in Sarawak and other Asian countries focusing on human mobility of ethnic minorities. His recent interest is in human–nature interactions and environmental humanities. His publications include: People on the move: rural–urban interactions in Sarawak (2007); The diversity of small-scale oil palm cultivation in Sarawak, Malaysia. The Geographical Journal 182 (2015); and Culture and acceptance of disasters: supernatural factors as an explanation of riverbank erosion. Ngingit 9 (2017).

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)
  • Commodification of Nature on the Plantation Frontier

    Pages 1-22

    Ishikawa, Noboru (et al.)

  • Geomorphological Landscapes of Borneo and Riverine Society of the Kemena Catchment, Sarawak

    Pages 25-40

    Mokudai, Kuniyasu (et al.)

  • Land-Use Types Along the Kemena River–Tubau–Lower Jelalong Region, Sarawak

    Pages 41-70

    Hon, Jason (et al.)

  • Trend Analysis of Rainfall Characteristics in the Kemena and Tatau River Basins, Sarawak

    Pages 71-83

    Kozan, Osamu

  • Multiethnic Society of Central Sarawak: An Ethnographic Analysis

    Pages 85-109

    Kato, Yumi (et al.)

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7511-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anthropogenic Tropical Forests
Book Subtitle
Human–Nature Interfaces on the Plantation Frontier
Editors
  • Noboru Ishikawa
  • Ryoji Soda
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7513-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7513-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7511-8
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIII, 639
Number of Illustrations
139 b/w illustrations, 177 illustrations in colour
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