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Duterte’s War on Drugs has brought a huge increase in the population of already heavily overcrowded prisons. Reflecting the overall poverty of large parts of Philippine society and a government that shows little interest in allocating sufficient resources to the needs of prisoners, prisons...
By examining two villages in Pos Iskandar, Tasek Bera, the article shows that Semelai have a sense of grouping based on consanguinity, where parents, married children and siblings live in proximity, which traditionally formed a kampong (village). This contributes to the resilience of the...
This article compares three pilgrimage sites in Central Java known for heterodox ritual practices. These practices include sexual activities between partners who are not married to each other (ritual seks). Since the sexual partners meet each other as strangers, they ignore the possible...
In this paper I reflect on the general nation-building project entailed in one of the most compelling and better-studied cases of political imagineering: Jakarta's ‘Beautiful Indonesia’ Miniature Park (Taman Mini ‘Indonesia Indah’). Conceived and driven by Indonesia's second president, Suharto,...
This ethnographic study of a souvenir shop in China involves customers who typically use one of three languages: Cantonese, Mandarin or English. Arguably a triglossia, the languages have different connotations in terms of formality and intimacy. The language used positions the speaker within a...
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