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Authors: Michaud, Jean
Title: Zomia and beyond
Date: 2010
Source: Journal of Global History
DOI: 10.1017/S1740022810000057
Abstract: This editorial develops two themes. First, it discusses how historical and anthropological approaches can relate to each other, in the field of the highland margins of Asia and beyond. Second, it explores how we might further our understandings of the uplands of Asia by applying different terms such as ‘Haute-Asie’, the ‘Southeast Asian Massif’, the ‘Hindu Kush–Himalayan region’, the ‘Himalayan Massif’, and in particular ‘Zomia’, a neologism gaining popularity with the publication of James C. Scott’s latest book,<i> The art of not being governed: an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia</i>. Through a discussion of the notion of Zomia, I will reconsider certain ‘truths’ regarding highland Asian studies. In the process, I seek to contribute to disembedding minority studies from the national straitjackets that have been imposed by academic research bounded by the historical, ideological, and political limits of the nation-state.
Date Created: 9/21/2011
Volume: 5
Number: 2
Page Start: 187
Page End: 214