Solo in the New Order: Language and Hierarchy in an Indonesian City

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Princeton University Press, 1993 - Social Science - 338 pages

In this brilliant ethnography of contemporary Java, James Siegel analyzes how language operates to organize and to order an Indonesian people. Despite the imposition of Suharto's New Order, the inhabitants of the city of Solo continue to adhere to their own complex ideas of deference and hierarchy through translation between high and low Javanese speech styles. Siegel uncovers moments when translation fails and compulsive mimicry ensues. His examination of communication and its failures also exposes the ways a culture reconstitutes itself. It leads to insights into the "accidents" that precede the formulations of culture as such.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
CHAPTER ONE The Javanese Language
15
CHAPTER TWO A Neighborhood in the
34
CHAPTER THREE Neighborhood Politics
59
Keluarga in Translation
81
CHAPTER FOUR Surakartan Theater Under
87
The Street
117
Its Domesticated
163
CHAPTER TEN Images Odors Javanese Death
257
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Durable Jokes of
277
CHAPTER TWELVE English Chinese
294
Notes
309
Index
335
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About the author (1993)

James T. Siegel is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of The Rope of God (California) and Shadow and Sound: The Historical Thought of a Sumatran Kingdom (Chicago).

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