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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Agrarian Frontiers
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Iban day labours, planting seedlings for a rapidly expanding oil palm plantation industry in Indonesian Borneo. In this forested corner of Indonesia the Iban has traditionally practiced swidden cultivation. Recently however these frontier areas of ‘unexploited’ lands and immense forest resources have been gazetted for large-scale state sponsored plantation schemes triggered by global demands for agricultural intensification. Within this developing plantation economy, the cash poor Iban embrace the immediate benefits of local employment. However, fears of exclusion from the long-term benefits of agriculture schemes and increased localized resource conflicts are immense. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. March 2011.


Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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  1. nice explanation of the tension between local employment and resource conflicts

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