Anthropogenic Tropical Forests

Human–Nature Interfaces on the Plantation Frontier

  • Noboru Ishikawa
  • Ryoji Soda

Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliii
  2. Noboru Ishikawa, Ryoji Soda
    Pages 1-22
  3. Landscape, Culture and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Yumi Kato, Jayl Langub, Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Hiromitsu Samejima, Ryoji Soda, Motomitsu Uchibori et al.
      Pages 85-109
  4. Inflection Points of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Hiromitsu Samejima, Malcom Demies, Miyako Koizumi, Shogoro Fujiki
      Pages 181-207
    3. Naoko Tokuchi, Hiromitsu Samejima, Jason Hon, Keitaro Fukushima
      Pages 209-216
    4. Keitaro Fukushima, Naoko Tokuchi, Hiromitsu Samejima, Jason Hon, Yuichi Kano
      Pages 217-233
    5. Yuichi Kano, Jason Hon, Mohd Khairulazman Sulaiman, Mitsuhiro Aizu, Koji Noshita, Hiromitsu Samejima
      Pages 235-274
  5. Plantations as Social Complexes and Infrastructure

  6. Commodification and Local Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Daniel Chew, Yu Xin, Ryoji Soda, Tetsu Ichikawa, Noboru Ishikawa
      Pages 377-399
    3. Haruka Suzuki, Tetsu Ichikawa, Logie Seman, Motoko Fujita
      Pages 417-438
    4. Yayoi Takeuchi, Ryoji Soda, Hiromitsu Samejima, Bibian Diway
      Pages 439-452
    5. Yayoi Takeuchi, Atsushi Kobayashi, Bibian Diway
      Pages 453-477
    6. Hiromitsu Samejima
      Pages 517-541
    7. Atsushi Kobayashi, Kaoru Sugihara
      Pages 563-585
  7. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 587-587
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 595-639

About this book


The studies in this volume provide an ethnography of a plantation frontier in central Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Drawing on the expertise of both natural scientists and social scientists, the key focus is the process of commodification of nature that has turned the local landscape into anthropogenic tropical forests. Analysing the transformation of the space of mixed landscapes and multiethnic communities—driven by trade in forest products, logging and the cultivation of oil palm—the contributors explore the changing nature of the environment, multispecies interactions, and the metabolism between capitalism and nature.

The project involved the collaboration of researchers specialising in anthropology, geography, Southeast Asian history, global history, area studies, political ecology, environmental economics, plant ecology, animal ecology, forest ecology, hydrology, ichthyology, geomorphology and life-cycle assessment.

Collectively, the transdisciplinary research addresses a number of vital questions. How are material cycles and food webs altered as a result of large-scale land-use change? How have new commodity chains emerged while older ones have disappeared? What changes are associated with such shifts? What are the relationships among these three elements—commodity chains, material cycles and food webs? Attempts to answer these questions led the team to go beyond the dichotomy of society and nature as well as human and non-human. Rather, the research highlights complex relational entanglements of the two worlds, abruptly and forcibly connected by human-induced changes in an emergent and compelling resource frontier in maritime Southeast Asia.


Human–nature relationship Biodiversity Land-use change Logging and plantation Sustainability and resilience

Editors and affiliations

  • Noboru Ishikawa
    • 1
  • Ryoji Soda
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Southeast Asian StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Literature and Human SciencesOsaka City UniversityOsakaJapan

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