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People on the Move
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Based on participant observation and interviews in a village in Sarawak, Ryoji Soda examines outward migration from the village, the migrants' living strategies in urban areas, their frequent moves between rural and urban areas, and kinship relations between rural and urban residents. Focusing on the Iban of Sarawak, one of the major ethnic groups, the study suggests that their movement should be comprehended as a part of their endeavors to expand their living space. With research that spans a decade, People on the Move presents a fresh ethnographic perspective on human mobility, rural-urban interactions, development policy, and family relations.
The 8th Human Geography Society Award 2008
SODA Ryoji is Professor in the Faculty of Letters, Osaka City University. He specializes in geography and is currently engaged in fieldwork in Southeast Asia and Borneo. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University, in 1995 and received a PhD in Literature from Kyoto University in 2001. He worked at Hiroshima University and Hokkaido University before becoming Associate Professor at Osaka City University in 2009 and then taking up his current position in 2017.
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