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This book is an in-depth analysis of the problems faced by the native peoples of Sarawak, most of whom live in longhouse communities in Borneo's tropical forests.  It describes the traditional social and economic system of swidden agriculture, and how their forest resources and way of life are increasingly threatened by the forces of 'modernisation'.  Focus is given on how the natives' customary lands are being encroached upon by the timber industry and development projects such as the construction of large dams. The book also analyses the social and environmental impact of logging activities, and provides suggestions on what can be done to resolve the natives' problems.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1987
  • Publisher: Institut Masyarakat
  • ISBN-10: 9679966038
  • Dewey Decimal: 333.75
  • ECHO Library: 333.75 HON