Beyond the longhouse: Iban shifting cultivators come to town

Cramb, R. A. (2012). Beyond the longhouse: Iban shifting cultivators come to town. In Jonathan Rigg and Peter Vandergeest (Ed.), Revisiting rural places: Pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia (pp. 68-87) Singapore: NUS Press.

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Author Cramb, R. A.
Title of chapter Beyond the longhouse: Iban shifting cultivators come to town
Title of book Revisiting rural places: Pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia
Place of Publication Singapore
Publisher NUS Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia
ISBN 9789971695576
997169557X
Editor Jonathan Rigg
Peter Vandergeest
Chapter number 5
Start page 68
End page 87
Total pages 20
Total chapters 16
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Iban of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, traditionally longhouse-dwellers
and shifting cultivators, have long been noted for their mobility. This mobility
has taken the form of migration (pindah) of groups of pioneering households
to establish longhouses in new territories, as well as journeying (bejalai) of
young men-for months or years at a time-at first to harvest and sell forest
produce, then in later generations to work for wages in oilfields, plantations
and cities (Freeman 1970, Sudive 1978, Kedit 1993). In recent decades a new
form of mobility has been evident, associated with the agrarian transition
under way in Sarawak, whereby educated young people move permanently to
urban-based employment, sending remittances to help support their parents
back in the longhouse. This has had major implications for rural livelihoods,
household organization and the longhouse community-some of them quite
unexpected. [Introduction extract]
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