Issues and Trends in Media and Communications in Borneo over the Past 30 Years

  • Fausto BarloccoEmail author
Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 4)


The chapter is a review of the most important English-language research carried out in the field of media and mass communications in Borneo. This research can be classified as media infrastructure, historical, audience studies, content analyses and development communication studies, and was done by scholars from disciplines as diverse as business, marketing, media studies, social anthropology, education and development studies. The main distinction that can be made is that between article-long studies dealing with a single issue in a single medium, and being mostly interested in practical applications, and theses or book-length studies with a more holistic and critical approach. The works belonging to the first group, consisting mostly of media studies, business or marketing, tend to show a pragmatic outlook geared towards development—an idea that is often problematised by the anthropological works belonging to the second group. The latter, by contrast, tends to focus on issues of power relations, representation, nation-building and identity. The study of information and communications technologies (ICT) and their introduction within the life of the people of Borneo—especially the case study of the rural ICT project of eBario—has been, with different approaches, undertaken by authors from both groups. Overall, it can be argued that the status of media studies in the area has improved with the increased attention paid to the subject and in the diversity of studies produced, some of which offer very promising critical insights and theoretical sophistication.


Borneo Anthropology Media Mass communications Information and communications technologies eBario 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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