Social and material influences on the Kelabit dwelt environment
Ewart, I. (2012) Social and material influences on the Kelabit dwelt environment. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 23 (2). pp. 69-82. ISSN 1050-2092
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Relations with the environment are key to the ways in which people pursue their dwelling practices. The complex processes of globalisation challenge the isolation of rural groups, consequently affecting their perception and use of the environment. One such place where this can be seen is the Kelabit Highlands of northern Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), where the recent arrival of commercial logging has allowed local people to make wider connections via the logging roads. Cultural and historic traditions are reconstituted in the light of new material relations with a dynamic environment, which can be seen reflected in changing customs of housebuilding.