Introduction: Unpacking indigeneity in Southeast Asia


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Article
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Authors
Idrus, Rusaslina 
Abstract

In recent years, indigeneity and indigenous people have been subject to increasing scholarly and political interest. While certain environmental activists are valorising indigenous groups as warriors in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change, certain authoritarian states (e.g. Bolsonaro’s government in Brazil) are systematically dismantling indigenous rights and livelihoods. Meanwhile, ‘decolonizing’ movements within academia are drawing attention to the systematic devaluation of indigenous and other marginalised voices within extant scholarship, opening up thorny questions about rights, ethics, representation, and knowledge-production.

What can the fine-grained, ground-up, anthropological study of indigeneity in Southeast Asia bring to these still-unfolding conversations and developments? How might dominant international models of indigeneity—largely built around settler-colonial legacies in North America and Australia/New Zealand—be destabilized and reimagined through Southeast Asian lenses? In this special issue, we critically examine the discourses, practices, enactments, and politics of indigeneity at play in multiple Southeast Asian contexts, asking, in turn, how these can reframe contemporary scholarly and political understandings of indigeneity.

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Keywords
indigeneity, Southeast Asia, Anthropology
Journal Title
Sojourn: journal of social issues in Southeast Asia
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Journal ISSN
0217-9520
1793-2858
Volume Title
37
Publisher
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
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Sponsorship
British Academy Newton Mobility Grant (NMGR1180433)