Impact of 'development' in two Punan villages in Kalimantan-Indonesia

The Economy
16 NOV 2018

Impact of 'development' in two Punan villages in Kalimantan-Indonesia

My research revolves around the lives of two groups of former hunter-gatherers, the Punan Semeriot and the Punan Dulau belonging to the same group, the Punan Bulusu' as they are defined in ethnolinguistic way. These former hunter-gatherers people, originally roaming in the forests in the upper part of the Bulusu' and Magong rivers in the Indonesian Province of Kaltara (North Kalimantan) have had a long tradition of contacts with the Bulusu' agriculturalists of Murutic origin. With this case study I intend to observe how much, and to what extent, the geographical closeness of these two Punan groups to the city, and to new means of generating economic growth, has changed the social structure and the lives of its inhabitants. In particular through an ethnographic study I intend to observe the attitudes of women and children in the two villages in relation to work, education and health. Women, in particular are a point of interest of research as they are the only inhabitants, together with the elderly people and the children, to be left in the village when men move to look for temporary jobs in a nearby logging company or in the informal sector elsewhere.   Do they benefit from the fact their husbands have obtained a job? How have their lives improved?  What are their future expectations?

Speaker(s)
Soriente, Antonia

Antonia Soriente is Associate Professor of Indonesian language and literature at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, ... [read more]