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For centuries Bali has generated provocative - and often conflicting - images in the minds of ethnographers and travellers alike. Professor Boon places our current understanding of Bali within the context of historical views of Balinese life and religion, beginning with the initial Dutch contacts after 1597. He approaches Balinese culture as a 'social romance' of flexible values and actions keyed to native ideals of an enduring hierarchy. In this way, he explains the changing perspectives of Bali throughout the colonial era; the relationship between marriage and caste; the enthusiasm of various outsiders for Balinese arts and lifestyle; and recent political developments, including communist factions and parties modelled on the idea of an ancestral caste. Based on field work in Indonesia as well as historical research, this book is the first thorough study of Balinese social and cultural dynamics. Professor Boon consolidates approaches from structuralism, comparative literature, interaction theory and the analysis of social organisation and social change in order to demonstrate the complex principles that make this island of enduring interest to students of other societies.
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- Date Published: December 1977
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521292269
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Map of Bali
Introduction: Beyond epic
Part I. Temporal Perspectives:
1. Bali-tje: a discursive history of the earlier ethnology (post 1597)
2. Balipedia: concerted documentation (1880s–1920s)
3. Baliology: twentieth-century systems (1920s–1950s)
4. Bali now: an indigenous retrospect (pre-1906 to post-1971)
Part II. Social and Cultural Dynamics:
5. The social matrix in place
6. The meaning of marriage and descent
7. Caste in retroflexion
8. Situational hierarchy
9. Images in action
Conclusion: the end of romance?
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