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Balinese Worlds - Fredrik Barth

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780226038346
Number Of Pages: 380

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In "Balinese Worlds," Fredrik Barth proposes a new model for anthropological analysis of complex civilizations that is based on a fresh, synthetic account of culture and society in North Bali and one that takes full notice of individual creativity in shaping the contours of this dynamic culture.
In this detailed ethnography of the Northern district of Buleleng, Barth rejects mainstream anthropological generalizations of Bali as a cultural system of carefully articulated parts. Instead--drawing on many sources, including the sociology of knowledge, interactional analysis, postmodern thought, and his own exceptionally varied field experience--Barth presents a new model that actually generates variation. Barth's innovative analysis of Balinese life highlights both the constructive and the disorganizing effects of individual action, the constant flux of interpretation, and the powerful interaction of memory and social relationships, and knowledge as a cultural resource.
"Balinese Worlds" is a unique contribution not only to Balinese studies but also to the theory and methods of the anthropology of complex societies.

The Challenge of North Bali Preamble
A Luminous Mosaic
Features of Social Organization in North Balinese Communities
Prabakula: A Bali-Hindu Village
Pagatepan: A Muslim Balinese Village
Irrigation Associations and the Organization of Production
Further Variations in Village Organization
The Problem of Variation
Realities and Practical Concerns of Village Living
Leadership, Faction, and Violence in Pagatepan
Family, Marriage, and Making a Living in Pagatepan
Factionalism in Prabakula
A General Framework for Analyzing the Meaning of Acts
Major Traditions of Knowledge
Islam in North Bali
Bali-Hinduism as a Tradition of Knowledge
Kings, Courts, Castes, and the Bali Aga
The Modern Sector
A Sorcery View of Social Relations
Action, Interpretation, and Practice
The Romance of Panji and Asiah
So Many Concerns
Coherence, Hegemony, and Productivity in Knowledge
Love, Freedom, and the Multivalency of Public Symbols
The Complexity of Civilization
A Surfeit of Culture
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ISBN: 9780226038346
ISBN-10: 0226038343
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.54