Maribeth Erb

Maribeth Erb joined the Department of Sociology in 1989. She had taught for a year in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook after finishing her Ph.D. there, before coming to Singapore. Her research for her Ph.D. was on Kinship and Ritual among the people of Manggarai in Western Flores, Eastern Indonesia. She has continued to pursue research in Western Flores over the years. When the villagers of one old village in Manggarai decided to rebuilt their traditional house for tourism purposes, she was asked to help in researching out the history and symbolism of this house. Since then she has been interested in the influence that growing tourism has had on Manggaraian culture. She is married and has two daughters.


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Tel: 6516-3825
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Recent Publications

2011, “Talk of Corruption in Eastern Indonesian Communities: Reactions to Local Government in the Post-Suharto Reform Era”, in special issue on Eastern Indonesia Under Reform, Asian Journal of Social Science, 39 (2), 171-195.

2009, Deepening Democracy in Indonesia: Direct Elections for Local Leaders, edited by Maribeth Erb and Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, ISEAS Publications.

2007, Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in the Malay Archipelago, edited by Navjot Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli, Maribeth Erb and Alan Tan Jie Kin, Cambridge University Press.

2005, Regionalism in Post-Suharto Indonesia, edited by Maribeth Erb, Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, and Carole Faucher, London: Routledge-Curzon.