Title

The anthropology of the state and the state of anthropology in Brunei

Source of Publication

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Abstract

This article provides a detailed account of the process of invention of a nationalist tradition for Brunei, the most tradition-conscious nation in Southeast Asia. It shows how Brunei's nationalist tradition emerged at the interface of colonial records, indigenous oral and written sources, ethnographic fieldwork, and anthropological theories. For this purpose the article traces the history of anthropological research in northern Borneo from its colonial beginnings to its postcolonial role in nation-building and shows how anthropology and anthropologists have - sometimes unknowingly, sometimes deliberately - played an active role in the shaping of Negara Brunei Darussalam. Copyright © The National University of Singapore 2014.

Document Type

Article

First Page

90

Last Page

112

Publication Date

2-1-2014

DOI

10.1017/S0022463413000611

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Frank Fanselow, Zayed University

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