Associate Professor Minako Sakai

Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group Convenor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 2 62688904
+61 2 6268 8879

LOCATION

BLDG 28-103 HASS (Entrance from Bldg 29)

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

I am Associate Professor in Southeast Asian Social Enquiry and Indonesian Studies.  I am leading the Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group at UNSW.  In 2018 I was Acting Deputy Head of School for six months at the School. I am also  Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Asia and Pacific, ANU for collaborative research. 

I became fascinated with Indonesia during my undergraduate days in Tokyo, Japan at Sophia University, and that was the beginning of research journey.  I specilised in anthropology of development to focus on agency in community empowerment,  completed a PhD in social anthropology at the ANU.  My research intersects with  Islam and local identity, and citizenship, gender, and development policies.  

I have been working on inter-linked research themes, religion and regional identity (Islam), civil society and social change in Asia, especially Indonesia.  Poverty affects approximately 11% of the Indonesian population in Indonesia and how to achieve equitable socio-economic development in regional Indonesia and especially among marginalised social groups is a significant policy agenda.  This can be addressed with the development of civil society movements, social enterprises, and social and development policies.  

My current research projects are as follows:

  1. Social Development Policies and Innovation: Crowd Funding, Social Enterprises, and Socially Engaged Religion (Islamic philanthropic NGOs and Islamic micro-financing for poverty reduction and job creation) 
  2. Muslim Women, Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment in Indonesia. How Islamic values could shape and contest Muslim womanhood and influence them to become take an active role in economy may hold a key for the potential growth of small businesses and women's economic empowerment. 
  3. Disaster Relief and Community Resilience of the Asian Pacific Region. I am exploring how civil society organisations and religious values play a role in rebuilding community resilience and assisting economic livelihood recovery.

Books

Sakai M, 2018, Penggiat Bisnis Syariah: Muslimah, Kewirausahaan dan pemberdayaan Masyarakat, Dompet Dhuafa, Ciputat, Indonesia

Sakai M, 2017, Kacang Tidak Lupa Kulitnya: Identitas Gumay, Islam, dan Merantau di Sumatra Selatan, Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, http://obor.or.id/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=773

Sakai M; Jurriëns E; Zhang J; Thornton A, 2014, Disaster relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and resilience, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Sakai M; Macknight C, (eds.), 2012, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Original, Association for the publication of Indonesian and Malaysian Studies, Australia, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;issn=0815-7251;res=IELIND

Saunders P; Sakai M, (eds.), 2012, Australian Journal of Social Issues, Original, Australian Council Social Service Inc, Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia, http://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;py=2012;vol=47;res=IELHSS;issn=0157-6321;iss=3

Sakai M, (ed.), 2002, Beyond Jakarta, Original, Crawford House, Adelaide

Book Chapters

Sakai M, 2018, 'Fostering affinity through dreams and origin ritual practices among the Gumay of South Sumatra, Indonesia', in Fox J (ed.), Expressions of Austronesian Thought and Emotions, ANU Press, Canberra Australia, pp. 27 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/EATE.04.2018

Sakai M, 2016, 'Small Business: Indonesia', in Suad J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (EWIC Online), edn. EWIC, Brill, the Netherlands, http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/small-business-indonesia-COM_002059

Sakai M, 2016, 'Economics: Islamic Banks: Indonesia', in Suad J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online, edn. Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC), Brill, the Netherlands, http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/economics-islamic-banks-indonesia-COM_002044

Jurriëns E; Sakai M; Thornton A; Zhang J, 2014, 'Coping with disaster: Agency and resilience in the asia-pacific context', in Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience, pp. 3 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Zhang J; Sakai M; Jurriëns E, 2014, 'Lessons from disaster relief in the Asia Pacific', in Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience, pp. 209 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Sakai M; Inaba K, 2014, 'Fostering civil society organizations for disaster relief in Japan: Challenges and prospects for sustainable future operations', in Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience, pp. 52 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2014, 'Key factors for capacity-building of disaster relief operations: Indonesian examples', in Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience, pp. 35 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Sakai M, 2012, 'Pengembangan Masyarakat Melalui Keuangan Mikor Islam: Melayani Kebutuhan Keuangan Orang Miskin Melalui Cara yang Dapat Lestari', in Ustadz Seleb Bisnis Moral dan Fatwa Online: Regam Ekspresi Islam Indonesia Kontemporer, edn. Original, Komunitas Bambu, Depok, Indonesia, pp. 257 - 272

Sakai M, 2012, 'Resisting the mainland: The formation of the province of the Bangka-Belitung (Babel)', in Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia, pp. 189 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203060292

Sakai M, 2009, 'From Bukit Seguntang to Lahat: Challenges Facing Gumay Origin Ritual Practice in the Highlands of South Sumatra', in From distant Tales: Archaeology and ethnohistory in the Highlands of Sumatra, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp. 485 - 500

Sakai M; Banks GA; Walker JH, 2009, 'Creating a New Centre in the Periphery of Indonesia: Sumatran Malay identity Politics', in Sakai M; Banks G; Walker JH (ed.), The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia: Social and Geographical Perspectives, edn. First, NUS Press, Singapore, pp. 62 - 83

Sakai M; Banks GA; Walker JH, 2009, 'Introduction: The Place of the Periphery', in Sakai M; Banks G; Walker JH (ed.), The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia: Social and Geographical Perspectives, edn. First, NUS Press, Singapore, pp. 1 - 13

Sakai M, 2009, 'Reviving malay connections in Southeast Asia', in Regional Minorities and Development in Asia, pp. 121 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203873434

Sakai M, 2008, 'Community development through Islamic microfinance: Serving the financial needs of the poor in a viable way', in Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia, pp. 267 - 285

Sakai M, 2006, 'The Environment, overview', in Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, edn. Original, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 356 - 364

Sakai M, 2006, 'The Origin Structure of Kute Among the Gumai', in Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land, edn. First, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 39 - 63

Sakai M, 2003, 'The Privatisation of Padang Cement: Regional Identity and Economic Hegemony in the New Era of Decentralisation', in Aspinall E; Fealy G (ed.), Local Power and Politics in Indonesia, edn. Original, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pp. 142 - 163

Sakai M, 2003, 'Publicizing Rituals and Privatizing Meanings: Negotiating an Identity of the Gumai of Sumatra', in Tannenbaum N; Kammerer C (ed.), Founders` Cults in Southeast Asia: Ancestors, Polity and Identity, edn. Original, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn, pp. 159 - 183

Sakai M, 2002, 'Modernising Sacred Sites in South Sumatra', in Chambert-Loir H; Reid A (ed.), The Potent Dead, edn. Original, Allen and Unwin, Honolulu, pp. 103 - 116

Sakai M, 2002, 'Regional Responses to Resurgence of ADAT Movements in Indonesia', in Minako Sakai (ed.), Beyond Jakarta, edn. Original, Crawford House, Adelaide, pp. 245 - 269

Sakai M, 2002, 'Introduction [Beyond Jakarta]', in Minako Sakai (ed.), Beyond Jakarta, edn. Original, Crawford House, Adelaide, pp. 1 - 11

Sakai M, 2000, 'Batin', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 516 - 516

Sakai M, 2000, 'Kerinci', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 232 - 232

Sakai M, 2000, 'Lembak', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 758 - 758

Sakai M, 2000, 'Muko-Muko', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 674 - 674

Sakai M, 2000, 'Pasemah', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 511 - 511

Sakai M, 2000, 'Pekal', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 574 - 574

Sakai M, 2000, 'Rejang', in Sekai Minzoku Jiten (World Encyclopaedia of the Ethnic Group), edn. Original, Kobundo, Tokyo, pp. 750 - 750

Journal articles

Sakai M, 2017, 'Still remembering the origins: The continuity of syncretic Islamic practice among the Gumay (Gumai) in South Sumatra, Indonesia', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 45, pp. 44 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2017.1274561

Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2016, 'Performing Muslim Womanhood: Muslim Business Women Moderating Islamic Practices in Contemporary Indonesia', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 27, pp. 229 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2015.1114243

Sakai M; Yasmeen S, 2016, 'Narratives of Muslim Womanhood and Women’s Agency*', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 27, pp. 371 - 377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2016.1227046

Sakai M; Fauzia A, 2014, 'Islamic orientations in contemporary Indonesia: Islamism on the rise?', Asian Ethnicity, vol. 15, pp. 41 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2013.784513

Sakai M; Isbah MF, 2014, 'Limits to religious diversity practice in Indonesia: Case studies from religious philanthropic institutions and traditional Islamic schools', Asian Journal of Social Science, vol. 42, pp. 722 - 746, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685314-04206003

Sakai M, 2014, 'Establishing social justice through financial inclusivity: Islamic propagation by Islamic savings and credit cooperatives in Indonesia', TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, vol. 2, pp. 201 - 222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/trn.2014.4

Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 46, pp. 1 - 8, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;issn=0815-7251;res=IELIND

Sakai M, 2012, 'Preaching to Muslim youth in Indonesia: The dakwah activities of Habiburrahman El Shirazy', RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 46, pp. 9 - 31

Thornton A; Sakai M; Hassall G, 2012, 'Givers and governance: The potential of faith-based development in the Asia Pacific', Development in Practice, vol. 22, pp. 779 - 791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2012.685864

Saunders P; Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction to the special issue on social policy and religion', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 273 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00248.x

Sakai M, 2012, 'Building a partnership for social service delivery in Indonesia: State and faith-based organisations', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 373 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00254.x

Sakai M, 2010, 'Growing Together in Partnership: Women's views of the business practices of an Islamic savings and credit cooperative (Baitul Maal wat Tamwil) in Central Java, Indonesia', Womens Studies International Forum, vol. 33, July-August, pp. 412 - 421

Sakai M, 2010, 'Growing together in partnership: Women's views of the business practices of an Islamic Savings and Credit Cooperative (Baitul Maal wat Tamwil) in Central Java, Indonesia', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 33, pp. 412 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2010.02.015

Sakai M; Marijan K, 2008, 'Harnessing Islamic Microfinance', Policy Brief 9

Sakai M, 2002, 'Sengketa Tanah Pada Era Reformasi', Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, vol. 68, pp. 40 - 56

Sakai M, 2002, 'Konflik Sekitar Devolusi Kekuasaan Ekonomi Dan Politik', Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, vol. 68, pp. 4 - 8

Sakai M, 2000, 'Review of William Collins, The Guritan of Radin Suane', Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 112 - 113

Conference Papers

Sakai M, 2010, 'Ethical self-improvement in everyday life: Propagating the Islamic way of life in Globalised Indonesia', in Crises and Opportunities: Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 5-8 July 2010, Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide, pp. 1 - 14, presented at 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide, 05 - 08 July 2010

Sakai M; Morrell E, 2006, 'Reconfiguring regions and challenging the state? New socio-economic partnerships in the outer islands of Indonesia', in Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Wollongong, NSW, presented at Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, Wollongong, NSW, 26 - 29 June 2006

Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

Sakai M, (ed.), 2002, 'Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia', in , Jurusan Antropologi, UI, Indonesia, presented at Not a conference, 01 January 2002

Edited Books

Sakai M; Yasmeen S, (eds.), 2016, Islam and Christian Muslim Relations Special Edition: Vol.27 (3) Narratives of Muslim Womanhood: Women's Agency, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cicm20/27/3?nav=tocList