New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2018. The contributors to the handbook highlight some of the processes taking place at the edge or fringe of the state and showcase how centering the margins may contribute to our understanding of central categories in our scholarly thinking, such as territory, sovereignty, state and economy.
In Asia, where authoritarian-developmental states have proliferated, statehood and social control are heavily contested in borderland spaces. As a result, in the post-Cold War world, borders have not only redefined Asian incomes and mobilities, they have also rekindled neighbouring relations and raised questions about citizenship and security. The contributors to the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands highlight some of these processes taking place at the fringe of the state. Offering an array of comparative perspectives of Asian borders and borderlands in the global context, this handbook is divided into thematic sections, including: Livelihoods, commodities and mobilities Physical land use and agrarian transformations Borders and boundaries of the state and the notion of statelessness Re-conceptualizing trade and the economy in the borderlands The existence and influence of humanitarians, religions, and NGOs The militarization of borderlands Causing us to rethink and fundamentally question some of the categories of state, nation, and the economy, this is an important resource for students and scholars of Asian Studies, Border Studies, Social and Cultural Studies, and Anthropology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Asian borderlands in a global perspective, Martin Saxer, Alessandro Rippa, and Alexander Horstmann Part 1 Conceptual framing 1.Violence in Asian borderlands, Reece Jones 2. Asias gendered borderlands, Malini Sur 3. Intimate militarism: domesticating the border in rural Central Asia, Madeleine Reeves 4. Borders and bordering in Asia, Karin Dean 5. Zomia and beyond, Jean Michaud Part 2 Livelihoods, commodities, mobilities Introduction, Christine Bonnin 6. Political livelihoods in northeast borderlands of Cambodia: legacy of the past, territorial incorporation, and confrontation, Frederic Bourdier 7. Cross-border commodities: processual histories, commodity chains, and the yak tail trade, Tina Harris 8. Old routes, new roads: proximity across the China-Pakistan border, Alessandro Rippa 9. Making place within a geopolitical frontier: Mae Aw (Ban Rak Thai), Carl Grundy-Warr, Jessica Teo, and Chin Wei Jun 10. Making connectivity work: exploring cross-border livelihoods between Kazakhstan and China, Henryk Alff 11. Ritual and issues of ethnic integration in the borderlands of the state of Rakhine/Arakan (Myanmar), Alexandra de Mersan Part 3 Physical land use and agrarian transformations Introduction, Jean-Francois Rousseau 12. Genesis of state space: frontier commodification in Malaysian Borneo, Noboru Ishikawa 13. Frontier constellations: agrarian expansion and sovereignty on the Indonesian- Malaysian border, Michael Eilenberg 14. Beyond 'natural' pressures: Chinese agriculture in the Russian Far East, Jiayi Zhou 15. A failed market experiment and ignored livelihoods: Jatropha expansion in the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands, Jean-Francois Rousseau Part 4 Border and boundaries of the state, governance, and the production of statelessness Introduction, Karin Dean 16. Multiple borders and bordering processes in Kachin State, Karin Dean and Mart Viirand 17. Turning your back to the border: federalism, rerritory, and claims for autonomy in the Nepal-India borderland, Rune Bennike 18. A proliferation of border Interfaces: Ordering Insecurity for Migrants in the Thai-Burmese Borderlands, Adam Saltsman 19. The Decision to Move: Post-exchange Experiences in the Former Bangladesh-India Border Enclaves, Md. Azmeary Ferdoush and Reece Jones 20. The backdoors of resistance: Identities in the Malay Peninsula's maritime borderlands, Maxime Boutry 21. Ethnic reconstruction and Austronesian strategies at the borders: the Moken social space in Burma, Jaques Ivanoff Part 5 It's all about relations: re-conceptualizing trade and the economy in the borderlands Introduction, Caroline Grillot 22. Accumulating trust: Uyghur traders in the Sino-Kyrgyz border trade after 1991, Rune Steenberg 23. The "leech plot": Discourses on alleged deception strategies among traders in the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands, Caroline Grillot 24. Nobody stops and stays anymore: Motor roads, uneven mobilities, and conceptualizing borderland modernity in highland Nepal, Galen Murton 25. Cultivating Consumer Markets: Ethnic Minority Traders and the Refashioning of Cultural Commodities in the Sino-Vietnamese Border Uplands, Christine Bonnin 26. Invisible Trade: Sovereign Decisions on the Sino-Russian Border, Natalia Ryzhova Part 6 Humanitarians, Religion and NGOs Introduction, Alexander Horstmann 27. Humanitarian assistance and protestant proselytizing in the borderlands of Myanmar: The Free Burma Rangers, Alexander Horstmann 28. The moral economy of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border, Su-Ann Oh 29. Biosocial body of ethno-religious boundaries in a Tibetan marriage, Dan Smyer Yu 30. Development institutions and religious networks in the Pamirian borderlands, Till Mostowlansky Part 7 Militarization of Borderlands Introduction, Swargajyoti Gohain 31. Border, checkpoint, bodies, Pradeep Jeganathan 32. Musical crossings over the militarised borderland: a case study of the Ogasawara Islands, Masaya Shishikura 33. Evaded states: security and control in the Sino-North Korean border region, Adam Cathcart 34. Border and road regimes in Central Asia: ordering disorder at Uzbek-Kazakh checkpoint, Rano Turaeva 35. Bordered spaces: spatial strategies in a "disputed border", Swargajyoti Gohain