Allerton, Catherine

Dr Catherine Allerton  


Position held

Experience keywords:

Southeast Asia; children and childhood; education; houses; illegality; kinship and marriage; migration; place and landscape

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Catherine Allerton is a specialist in the anthropology of Southeast Asia. She has conducted fieldwork in rural Manggarai, Flores, Eastern Indonesia, and more recently in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. Her fieldwork in Manggarai was primarily concerned with the significance of place and landscape, particularly with regard to processes of kinship and social change. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on this research, and a recent book, entitled Potent Landscapes. Her most recent, ESRC-funded, research in East Malaysia is concerned with children’s role in and experience of long-term processes of migration and citizenship.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

East Malaysia; Eastern Indonesia; Southern Philippines


Indonesian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Basic]; Manggarai [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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+44 (0)20 7955 7208



Allerton, Catherine (2018) Impossible children: illegality and excluded belonging among children of migrants in Sabah, East Malaysia Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44 (7). 1081-1097. ISSN 1369-183X


Allerton, Catherine (2017) What does it mean to be alone? Anthropology of This Century, 18. ISSN 2047-6345

Allerton, Catherine (2017) Contested statelessness in Sabah, Malaysia: irregularity and the politics of recognition Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 15 (3). 250-268. ISSN 1556-2948


Allerton, Catherine, ed (2016) Children: ethnographic encounters Encounters: experience and anthropological knowledge. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781474258180



Allerton, Catherine (2014) Statelessness and the lives of the children of migrants in Sabah, East Malaysia Tilburg Law Review: Journal of International and European Law, 19 (1-2). 26-34. ISSN 2211-0046


Allerton, Catherine (2013) Book review: why photography matters LSE Review of Books (22 Oct 2013) blog

Allerton, Catherine (2013) Potent landscapes: place and mobility in Eastern Indonesia University Of Hawai'i Press, Hawaii. ISBN 9780824836320


Allerton, Catherine (2012) Decency and megaphones in the rice fields Anthropology of This Century, 3. ISSN 2047-6345

Allerton, Catherine (2012) Landscape, power and agency in Eastern Indonesia In: Chua, Liana and Cook, Joanna and Long, Nicholas and Wilson, Lee, (eds.) Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power. The modern anthropology of Southeast Asia. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 67-80. ISBN 9780415683456

Allerton, Catherine (2012) Visible relations and invisible realms: speech, materiality and two Manggarai landscapes In: Árnason, Arnar and Ellison, Nicolas and Vergunst, Jo and Whitehouse, Andrew, (eds.) Landscapes Beyond Land: Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives. EASA Series (19). Berghahn Books, New York, USA, 178-196. ISBN 9780857456717

Allerton, Catherine (2012) Making guests, making ‘liveliness’: the transformative substances and sounds of Manggarai hospitality Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18 (s1). s49-s62. ISSN 1359-0987


Allerton, Catherine (2009) Introduction: spiritual landscapes of Southeast Asia Anthropological Forum, 19 (3). 235-251. ISSN 0066-4677

Allerton, Catherine (2009) Static crosses and working spirits: anti-syncretism and agricultural animism in Catholic West Flores Anthropological Forum, 19 (3). 271-287. ISSN 0066-4677


Allerton, Catherine (2007) Lipsticked brides and powdered children: cosmetics and the allure of modernity in an eastern Indonesian village In: Ewart, Elizabeth and O'Hanlon, Michael, (eds.) Body Arts and Modernity. Sean Kingston Publishing, Oxon, UK. ISBN 0954557298

Allerton, Catherine (2007) What does it mean to be alone? In: Astuti, Rita and Parry, Jonathan and Stafford, Charles, (eds.) Questions of Anthropology. Berg, Oxford, UK, 1-28. ISBN 9781845207489

Allerton, Catherine (2007) The secret life of sarongs: Manggarai textiles as super-skins Journal of Material Culture, 12 (1). 22-46. ISSN 1359-1835


Allerton, Catherine (2004) The path of marriage : journeys and transformation in Manggarai, eastern Indonesia Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 160 (2/3). 339-362. ISSN 0006-2294


Allerton, Catherine (2003) Authentic housing, authentic culture?: transforming a village into a 'tourist site' in Manggarai, eastern Indonesia Indonesia and the Malay World, 31 (89). 119-128. ISSN 1363-9811

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