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Colonization and Conflict
Contemporary Settlement Frontiers in South and Southeast Asia
Reihe: Asien: Forschung und Wissenschaft/LIT Studies on Asia
Bd. 2, 608 S., 37.90 EUR, 37.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-80018-3
The "winning of the West" - America's 19th century conquest of its continental hinterland - is being re-enacted today at countless national peripheries of the developing South. In the first study of its kind, seven Asian and European researchers visit the volatile settlement frontiers of South and Southeast Asia where agricultural pioneers and indigenous people cohabit uneasily. Debunking the myth that poverty and over-population explain the colonization of the indigenous fringe, the book explores the policy frames that support settlement, studies the forms of indigenous accommodation and resistance to it, and looks at the conflict-mitigating record of institutional solutions where colonization led to violence.
Danilo Geiger, currently at the Rietberg Museum, has lectured on political anthropology, indigenous movements and the politics of identity at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.