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Constituting the Minangkabau : Peasants, Culture and Modernity in Colonial Indonesia - Joel S. Kahn

Constituting the Minangkabau

Peasants, Culture and Modernity in Colonial Indonesia

Hardcover Published: 26th June 1993
ISBN: 9780854963164
Number Of Pages: 314

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This account of culture and society in the villages of West Sumatra, Indonesia, during the period of Dutch colonialism is based on materials collected from the colonial archives, local Indonesian newspapers and recent fieldwork in Malaysia and Indonesia. The author argues that the impact of colonial land-grabbing and political control led to the formation of a peasant economy in the period. At the same time, the author tackles issues in the recent anthropological debates about ethnography and culture to argue that this period also witnessed the construction of what we now call 'Minangkabau Culture' - a process that involved western ethnographers, colonial officials and Minangkabau intellectuals in an often conflicted process of modern cultural transformation.

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"Kahn's new book has lucid prose and advocates scrutiny of the construction of Minangkabau culture in the colonial period. It is thus a welcome contribution to Minangkabau studies, and to the wider contemporary discussion of colonial political economics." --Anthropological Forum

The Interpretation of Minankabau Culture: Traditions of Modernity or Modernist Traditions?p. 1
Peasantization and Class Formation in Minangkabau Villagesp. 31
The Constitution of Minangkabau in Colonial Discoursep. 68
Nationalism, Modernism, and Neo-Traditionalism: Discursive Transformations in Twentieth-Century Minangkabaup. 110
Images of Tradition: The Selective Constitution of Minangkabau Culturep. 149
State Formation in Colonial Indonesia: Bureaucratization and Land Alienation, 1874-1926p. 187
Land Alienation and the Constitution of Minangkabau Economy and Society in Minangkabau's Southern Frontier in the 1920sp. 224
The Hypertrophic Modern State, Culture and the Peasantry in Colonial Indonesiap. 261
Bibliographyp. 290
Indexp. 304
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ISBN: 9780854963164
ISBN-10: 0854963162
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 26th June 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.28 x 14.55  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.5