Waterfront might be conceived as an entry to places where urbanity evolves. The physical process arises from the socio-political and economic development of its society. It entails a complex social and ecological processes constantly occur and how they interfere with each other. This paper analyses the ethnography of place in Tumok, a traditional floating kampung in Sambas, in the perspective of socio-ecology. This study is in an initial part of an ongoing Ph.D research on the urban political ecology of river settlements. Up to this stage, research findings have shown that becoming such a part of the past riverine culture in the context of present land-oriented urban culture has raised a new insight about how to view the urban waterfront.
- Riverine culture, Socio-ecological process, Spatial ethnography, Urban kampung