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Author Dove, Michael, 1949-

Title The banana tree at the gate : a history of marginal peoples and global markets in Borneo / Michael R. Dove
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 332 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Yale agrarian studies series
Yale agrarian studies.
Contents The study of smallholder commodity producers -- A native court's warning about involvement in commodity production -- The antecedent to cultivating exotic rubber: gathering native forest rubbers -- The construction of rubber knowledge in Southeast Asia -- Depression-era responses to smallholder rubber development by tribesmen and governments -- The dual economy of cultivating rubber and rice -- Living rubber, dead land, and persisting systems: indigenous representations of sustainability -- Material wealth and political powerlessness: a parable from South Kalimantan -- Plantations and representations in Indonesia -- Smallholders and globalization
Summary The Hikayat Banjar, a seventeenth-century native court chronicle from Southeast Borneo, characterizes the irresistibility of natural resource wealth to outsiders as 'the banana tree at the gate'. Michael Dove employs this phrase as a root metaphor to frame the history of resource relations between the indigenous people of Borneo and the world system. In analyzing production and trade in forest products, pepper, and especially natural rubber, Dove shows that the involvement of Borneo's native peoples in commodity production for global markets is ancient and highly successful. Dove demonstrates that processes of globalization began millennia ago and that they have been more diverse and less teleological than often thought. Dove's analysis replaces the image of the isolated tropical forest community that needs to be helped into the global system with the reality of communities that have been so successful and competitive that they have had to fight political elites to keep from being forced out
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Marginality, Social -- Borneo -- History.
Markets -- Social aspects -- Borneo -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010015137
ISBN 0300153228 (electronic bk.)
9780300153224 (electronic bk.)