Boundary Keeping and Access to Gaharu among Kenyah Forest Users uri icon

abstract

  • As people living near forests in many parts of the world receive recognition of resourcemanagement rights, questions arise about where forest boundaries should be set andwho should legitimately receive these rights. Drawing on research conducted amongforest-dwelling Kenyah communities in Kalimantan, Indonesia, during 1995 to 1998,this paper shows that the realization of resource rights must be understood in thesocial context of how boundaries are interpreted and negotiated. Access to and controlover forest resources is as much a matter of boundary keeping as of boundary setting.The analysis shows that boundary keepers assessed whether someone should begiven access based on the potential user’s entitlement, identity, and the potential forexchange. Understanding the ‘fuzziness’ of how seemingly clear boundary rules areapplied should provide a more realistic picture of how groups gain and control access toresources in practice

publication date

  • 2003
  • 2003