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The Anthropological Romance of Bali 1597-1972 : Dynamic Perspectives in Marriage and Caste, Politics and Religion - James A. Boon

The Anthropological Romance of Bali 1597-1972

Dynamic Perspectives in Marriage and Caste, Politics and Religion

Paperback Published: 13th February 1978
ISBN: 9780521292269
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

Map of Bali
Introduction: Beyond epic
Temporal Perspectives
Bali-tje: a discursive history of the earlier ethnology (post 1597)
Balipedia: concerted documentation (1880s-1920s)
Baliology: twentieth-century systems (1920s-1950s)
Bali now: an indigenous retrospect (pre-1906 to post-1971)
Social and Cultural Dynamics
The social matrix in place
The meaning of marriage and descent
Caste in retroflexion
Situational hierarchy
Images in action
Conclusion: the end of romance?
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ISBN: 9780521292269
ISBN-10: 0521292263
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th February 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4