•Cynthia Chou is Associate Professor and Head of the Southeast Asian Studies programme at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
•Vincent Houben is Professor of Southeast Asian History and Society and current Director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.
For generations, the sea and coastal places have been the life and living spaces of the Orang Suku Laut and they claim ownership to these territories based upon customary laws. The developmental pressure thus generated has led to intense struggles over territorial rights. It has also raised issues concerning the social assimilation of indigenous peoples as citizens, religious conversion and cultural identity. Cynthia Chou discusses how Indonesian nation-building development programmes have generated intense struggles over issues pertaining to territorial rights, social assimilation of indigenous peoples as citizens, religious conversion and cultural identity
This book is a stimulating read for those interested in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies and Southeast Asian Studies.