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|Title:||Gifting, dam(n)ing and the ambiguation of development in Malaysian Borneo|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers|
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