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Title: Gifting, dam(n)ing and the ambiguation of development in Malaysian Borneo
Authors: Chua, L
Keywords: Ambiguation;Christianity;Development;Gifting;Malaysian Borneo
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology: 1-23, (2014)
Abstract: This article seeks to move beyond the critical politicizing impulse that has characterized anthropologies of development since the 1990s towards a more open-ended commitment to taking seriously the diverse moral and imaginative topographies of development. It explores how members of four small Bidayuh villages affected by a dam-construction and resettlement scheme in Sarawak draw on both historically inflected tropes of gifting and Christian moral understandings in their engagements with Malaysia's peculiar brand of state-led development. These enable the affected villagers not to resolve the problems posed by Malaysian developmentalism, but to ambiguate them and actually hold resolution at bay. I conclude by considering the implications of such projects of ambiguation for the contemporary anthropology of development.
ISSN: 0014-1844
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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