The Aboriginal People of Peninsular Malaysia: From the Forest to the Urban Jungle

1st Edition

Govindran Jegatesen

December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138606937 - CAT# K388675
Series: Routledge Malaysian Studies Series

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To date, most studies of Malaysia’s aboriginal people, the Orang Asli, have studied the community in either the rural, or forest, settings. This book, however, outlines the dynamics of Orang Asli migration to Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s most urbanised region – and explores the lived experiences of these individuals in the urban space. The book begins by charting the history of the Orang Asli under British colonial rule followed by the community’s experiences under the Malaysian government, towards deepening an understanding of the economic and social complexities facing the Orang Asli today. Based on extensive original research, the book goes on to discuss the interesting changes taking place among urban Orang Asli migrants with regards to gender dynamics, while exploring the unique ways in which these urban indigenous migrants maintain close links with their home communities in the rural spaces of Peninsular Malaysia. The book concludes by assessing how research on the urban Orang Asli fits into broader studies of urban and contemporary indigeneity in both Malaysia and abroad.

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