An introduction to Highland Asia
This is an introduction both of the first issue, and to The Highlander: Journal of Highland Asia itself, setting out the genealogy of ideas, debates and critiques, principally around the concept 'Zomia', that have fostered significant debate and provided the impetus for this project. It is also a call for contributions toward fostering discussion, from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, that elucidate the similarities and differences, generalities and particularities of the myriad histories, languages, cultures, politics, and religions of primarily ethnic minorities living in the upland terrains linking Nepal and the Tibetan plateau with Northeast India, the Pamirs, Western China, and the highland communities of Southeast Asia – a vast, congruous region sometimes referred to as ‘Zomia', or indeed 'Zomia+'
Appadurai, Arjun. 1990. “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy.” Public Culture 2(2):1-24.
Bell, Daniel. 1974. The Coming of Post-Industrial Society. New York: Harper Colophon Books.
Brass, Tom. 2017. Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies: Reviews and Essays, 1982-2016. Leiden: Brill.
Brass, Tom. 2012. “Scott’s ‘Zomia’, or a Populist Postmodern History of Nowhere,” Journal of Contemporary Asia 42 no. 1, February: 125.
Brass, Tom. 2000a. Peasants, Populism, and Postmodernism: The Return of the Agrarian Myth. London: Frank Cass.
Brass, Tom. 2000b. “Moral Economists, Subalterns, New Social Movements and the (Re-) Emergence of a (Post-) Modernized (Middle) Peasant”, pp. 127–162, in Vinayak Chaturvedi (ed.), Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial. London: Verso (article first published in 1991 in The Journal of Peasant Studies).
Comaroff, Jean and John L. Comaroff, eds. 2001. Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Durham: Duke University Press.
Crary, J. 2013. 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. New York: Verso Books.
Dove, Michael, Hjorleifur Jonsson, and Michael Aung-Thwin. 2011. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Vol. 167, No. 1: 86-99.
Dudley, Kathryn Marie. 1994. The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Ferguson, James. 2002. “Global Disconnect: Abjection and the Aftermath of Modernism.” In J.X. Inda and R. Rosaldo, eds., The Anthropology of Globalization, pp. 136-153. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
Gregory, Steven. 2007. The Devil Behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Hannerz, Ulf. 1996. Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Place. London and New York: Routledge.
Harvey, David. 1989. The Condition of Postmodernity. Oxford: Basic Blackwell.
Inda, Jonathan Xavier, and Renato Rosaldo, eds. 2002. The Anthropology of Globalization. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
Jameson, Fredric. 1984. “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.” New Left Review 146, July-August, pp. 53-92.
Jonsson, Hjorleifur. 2014. Slow Anthropology. Negotiating Difference with the Iu Mien. Ithaca, New York: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications.
Klein, Naomi. 2008. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. London: Penguin Books.
Lash, Scott and John Urry. 1987. The End of Organized Capitalism. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.
Mandel, Ernst. 1978. Late Capitalism. Trans. J. De Bres. New York: Verso Books.
Mason, P. 2011. Why Its Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions. London:
Matheson, C. ‘Resistance’, online: https://politicalanthro.wordpress.com/resistance/
Michaud, Jean. 2017. “What's (written) history for?: On James C. Scott's Zomia, especially Chapter 6½”. Anthropology Today 33 (1): 6-10.
Michaud, Jean. 2010. Editorial – Zomia and beyond. Journal of Global History, Vol. 5 (2): 187-214.
Michaud, Jean. 2009. “Handling Mountain Minorities in China, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos: From History to Current Concerns”. Asian Ethnicity 10: 25–49.
Michaud, Jean, Meenaxi B. Ruscheweyh and Margaret B. Swain, 2016. Historical Dictionary of the Peoples of the Southeast Asian Massif. Second Edition. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London, Rowman & Littlefield.
Michaud, Jean. 1997. “Economic transformation in a Hmong village of Thailand”. Human Organization 56(2): 222-232.
Powell, B. and M. Nair. 2012. “On the governance of “not being governed”.” The Review of Austrian Economics 25, no. 1: 9-16.
Purdue Peter, 2008. Is Pu-er in Zomia? Tea cultivation and the state in China. Agrarian Studies Colloquium, Yale University.
Sahlins, Marshall. 2002. Waiting for Foucault, Still. Chicago: Prickly Pear Press.
Samuel, Geoffrey, 2010. “Zomia”: new constructions of the Southeast Asian Highlands and their Tibetan implications. Paper for IATS Panel, The Boundaries of Tibetan Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Samuel, Geoffrey, 2013. “Revisiting the problem of Bon identity: Bon priests and ritual practices in the Himalayas”. Journal of the International Association for Bon Research, Vol. 1. 77-97.
Sanders, Alan K., 2010. The Historical Dictionary of Mongolia. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press.
Saxer, M., A. Rippa & A. Horstmann (Eds) 2018. Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands. London: Routledge.
Schneiderman, Sara, 2010. Are the Central Himalayas in Zomia? Some scholarly and political considerations across time and space, Journal of Global History Vol. 5 (2): 289-312.
Schram, Sanford F. 2012. “The Artful Study of Not Being Governed: Better Political Science for a Better World,” Common Knowledge 18, no. 3.
Scott, J. C. 2009. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. Yale Agrarian Studies. Yale University Press.
Sneath, David, 2007. The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, and Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia. New York: Columbia University Press.
Taylor, Timothy D. n.d. “Music in the New Capitalism.” In A. Valdivia, ed., International Companions to Media Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2005. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Van Schendel W., & Erik de Maaker (2014). “Asian Borderlands: Introducing their Permeability, Strategic Uses and Meanings”. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 29:1, 3-9.
Van Schendel W., 2002. “Geographies of knowing, geographies of ignorance: jumping scale in Southeast Asia”. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 20: 647-668.
Wolin, Sheldon S. 1969. “Political Theory as a Vocation.” American Political Science Review 63.4: 1062–82.
Copyright (c) 2019 Arkotong Longkumer, Michael Heneise
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.