IV-4.”An Incubation Study on Social Dynamics of Maritime Southeast Asia: Focusing on the Population Flow and the Making of Sea Folks”(H21-22 FY2009-2010)

  • Project Leader : Nagatsu Kazufumi (Faculty of Sociology, Toyo University)
  • Collaborators : Kono Yasuyuki (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Okamoto Masaaki (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Tachimoto Narifumi (Research Institute of Humanity and Nature)
  • : Akamine Jun (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagoya City University)
  • : Aoyama Waka (Graduate School of Education, Hokkaido University)
  • : Kawano Motoko (States and Governments Group Global COE “The Transferability of East Asian Development Strategies and State Building,” National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
  • : Watanabe Akiko (Faculty of Sociology, Toyo University)
  • : Suzuki Yuki (Graduate School of Foreign Studies, Sophia University)

Outline of Research

This project aims at collecting spatial as well as historical data on maritime Southeast Asia, creating a database of the data, and exploring the social dynamics of the maritime world based on the database in cooperation with CSEAS. It mainly makes use of original and fieldwork-based resources which are to be extracted from; 1) written materials such as colonial records, national censuses, and statistics, as well as visual material such as maps and GIS data in the CSEAS repository, 2) field notes and photographs of project members, CSEAS and ex-CSEAS staff who have conducted research in aquatic societies in Southeast Asia, and 3) raw records regarding maritime livelihood including information on sea products, fishing activities, distribution as well as maritime population networks. The last records are expected to be obtained through research at the CSEAS Makassar Field Station, Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.


The main objectives of the project are to publish basic data collections on the “Social Dynamics in Southeast Asian Maritime World/s,” through accumulation and analytical reconstruction of raw data such as digitized census, GIS or the field records on maritime Southeast Asia in CSEAS, and to provide an academic foundation with research on maritime Southeast Asia in order to integrate their findings and also to facilitate the comparative area studies on the dynamics of maritime worlds. Since the basic data collections include the raw data on marine resource utilization, language usage, origin or migration myths, and material cultures among maritime folks, the study may not only contribute to the further development of the study on socio-cultural dynamics in Insular Southeast Asia, but also to incubate an inter-disciplinary approach to integrated area studies on maritime Southeast Asia.

The project will provide open research resources on maritime Southeast Asia with researchers by integrating raw written data stored in CSEAS and digitized data (especially census and GIS data) which has been published since 2000. Specifically, this historical as well as spatial data will serve as a basic foundation for the study of population flows and ethnic group formation processes in maritime Southeast Asia. The leader and members of the project will publish papers based on the above-mentioned data on the social dynamics of maritime communities in Southeast Asia. Their studies will constitute an attempt through area studies in which we re-examine and understand the historical processes of the formation of the maritime world in Southeast Asia by focusing on maritime folks as main actors of the world.

Sama-Bajau Fisherfolks Foraging Groupers (Kangean Archipelago, East Jawa, Indonesia, March 2008)

A Chinese-Indonesian Exporter Examining the Quality of Groupers (Bali, Indonesia, August 2008)