Introduction: The Borders of Belonging

Renato Rosaldo

in Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520227477
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935693 | DOI:
Introduction: The Borders of Belonging

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This book brings the state into clear focus by asking how it constructs hinterland ethnic groups and, thereby, simultaneously excludes them from full citizenship, also exploring how members of such ethnic groups embrace, challenge, and transform imposed definitions in a world ordered in part by state ideologies and policies. This chapter argues that the notion of cultural citizenship concentrates on the viewpoint of ethnic minorities and asks how they conceive of first-class citizenship. At the same time, the concept of cultural citizenship leads analysts to explore how hinterland groups perceive the social character of metropolitan groups. By shifting one's analytical point of view and moving from the vantage points of state centers to those of peripheral groups, new understandings of nationalism and civic culture come to the fore, illuminating the political and moral dilemmas that confront Island Southeast Asia's multiethnic nations and their hinterland minorities.

Keywords: nationalism; Southeast Asia; cultural citizenship; hinterland ethnic groups

Chapter.  5808 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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