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|Research Field||Cultural Anthropology, Hunter-gatherers Research, Borneo Studies|
|Research Summary||My research is cultural anthropological study about human - nature relations in Malaysian Borneo. How "settled hunter-gatherers" convert and shift their subsistence activities and social relations under the influences of deforestation, plantation development and global market economy is my main interest. Currently I conduct research concerning these three topics.
First topic is about identity of ethnic minorities of former "hunter-gatherers" in Borneo. Its purpose is to consider how people construct relationships with others, or other ethnic groups in current everyday life. How they form their self-image is my question.
Second, is to understand human - animal relationship in Borneo. I conducted research about subsistence activities based on hunting, and recognition of animals among Sihan hunters in Sarawak. Recently I expand my field research in various ethnic groups in various areas in Borneo. This research is interdisciplinary research with ecologist. We try to understand how natural environmental change (such as plantation development) and social environmental change (such as depopulation in village) affect local people’s hunting activity.
Third topic is about relationship of Indonesian workers and local people in Sarawak. Before, Indonesian workers mainly settled in plantations. Therefore local people considered them as "others" or “outsiders”. However, the relationship with Indonesian workers and local people becoming more intimate, because local people start employ them for oil palm smallholding. I would like to understand how Indonesian workers and local people have conflict, understand, and make relationships each other.
|Keywords||Cultural Anthropology, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hunter-gatherers|
Kato, Y. 2014. Changes in resource use and subsistence activities under the plantation expansion in Sarawak, Malaysia. Sakai, S. and Umetsu, S. (eds.) Social-Ecological System in Transition (Global Environmental Series). Springer: Tokyo. Pp. 179-194. 2014年8月22日.
Takano, T., K., Nakagawa, M., Itioka, T., Kishimoto-Yamada, K., Yamashita, S., Tanaka, O., Fukuda, D., Nagamasu, H., Ichikawa, M., Kato Y., Momose, K., Nakashizuka, T., Sakai, S. 2014. The extent of biodiversity recovery during reforestation after swidden cultivation and the impacts of land-use changes on the biodiversity of a tropical rainforests region in Borneo. Sakai, S. and Umetsu, S. (eds.) Social-Ecological System in Transition (Global Environmental Series). Springer: Tokyo. Pp.27-50. 2014年8月.
Kato, Y. Samejima, H., Ichikawa, M. 2017. Trans-river migration of the Iban and the Bekatan to the Tatau River Basin in Bintulu, Ngingit 10: 3-11. 2017年12月.
Kato, Y. 2017. Percepsions of Iban in the Sihan ethnoscape, Ngingit 9: 49-58. 2017年7月
Kato, Y. 2016. Resilience and flexibility: history of hunter-gatherers’ relationships with their neighbors in Borneo. Senri Ethnological Studies 94: 177-200. 2016年12月
Sakai, S., Choy, Y. K., Koizumi, M., Kishimoto-Yamada, K., Takano, T., K., Ichikawa, M., Samejima, H., Kato, Y., Soda, R., Ushio, M., Saizen, I., Nakashizuka, T., Itioka, T. 2016. Social and ecological factors associated with the use of non-timber forest products by people in rural Borneo. Biological Conservation 204 (B) :340–349. 2016年10月
Soda, R., Kato, Y., Hon, J. 2016. The diversity of small-scale oil palm cultivation in Sarawak, Malaysia. Geographical Journal 182(4):353-363. 2016年12月
Ssakai, S., Choy, Y. K., Koizumi, M., Kishimoto-Y, K., Kato, Y., Takano, T. K., Soda, R., Samejima, H., Nakashizuka, T., Itioka, T., Ichikawa, M. 2014. Geographical variation in the Lives of Local People and Socio-Economic Environments in Sarawak. Center for Ecological Studies. 2014年11月.Pp.1-94.
Kato, Y. 2013. How do land use changes affect people’s subsistence activities? : A case study in Belaga District. S. Sakai, R. Ishii, N. Yamamura (eds.) Collapse and Restoration of Ecosystem Networks with Human Activity. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. Pp. 241-250. 2013年2月）
Sakai, S., Choy, Y.K., Koizumi, M., Kishimoto-Yamada, K., Ichikawa, M., Kato, Y., Takano, T. K., Itioka, T., Soda, R., Samejima, H., Nakashizuka, T. 2013. Changes in the lives of indigenous people and their environments in Sarawak. S. Sakai, R. Ishii, N. Yamamura (eds.) Collapse and Restoration of Ecosystem Networks with Human Activity. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. Pp.211-215. 2013年2月
Hon, J., Sakai. S., Choy, Y. K., Koizumi, M., Kishimoto-Yamada, K., Ichikawa. M., Kato, Y., Takano, T.K., Itioka, T., Soda, R., Samejima, H. 2013. Distribution and trend of animal abundance in the Rajang and Baram regions, Sarawak, based on questionnaire survey. S. Sakai, R. Ishii, N. Yamamura (eds.) Collapse and Restoration of Ecosystem Networks with Human Activity. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. Pp.190-197. 2013年2月
Kato, Y. 2008. Oral history of Sihan mobility and their relation with neighboring ethnic groups. “Engaging Malaysian Modernity: 50 Years and Beyond” The Proceedings of 6th International Malaysian Studies Conference. Malaysian Social Science Association. pp. 1-13. 2008年8月.
Kato, Y. 2008. Ethnohistory of Sihan subsistence and their concern with sedentarisation. “Borneo on the Move: Continuity and Change” The Proceedings of BRC 9th Biennial International Conference. Borneo Research Council. pp. 31-38. 2008年7月.
Kato, Y. 2008. Significance of ecosystem services for the livelihood of local people in Sarawak. M. Ichikawa, T. Nakashizuka (eds.) Sustainability and Biodiversity Assessment on Forest Utilization Options. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. pp.348-351. 2008年3月.
Kato, Y. 2006. Use of forest resources for food and income in a Borneo hunter-gatherer community. The Proceedings of Kyoto Symposium "Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries and Re-visioning Area Studies: Perspectives from Asia and Africa", 21st Century COE Program, ASAFAS& CSEAS, Kyoto University. pp. 253-256. 2006年11月.
Kato, Y. 2006. Transformation of hunting-gathering activities and the strategy to market economy: a case of Sihan community in Belaga district, Sarawak. The proceedings of Borneo in the New Century Conference. Borneo Research Council. pp.1-10. 2006年7月.