Social History of Frontiers

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17. Social History of Frontiers: When the State Declares Possession.

Published in March, 2008.
Kyoto University Press.



This marvelous book, which won the Kashiyama Junzo Award (2008), brings a structural analysis of capitalism and the state into a deep reading of history and ethnography. It achieves both a thick description and deep theoretical insight in a literature and is highly recommended by Anna L. Tsing (University of California, Santa Cruz) who says that: “The international politics, smuggling, ethnic formation, asymmetrical labor migration, and location work found on isolated and little-known Cape Dato typify the striking particularity of transnational modernity. I will recommend it to many — far beyond the boundaries of Southeast Asian studies.”