Balinese Worlds

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 1993 - Social Science - 370 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

A Luminous Mosaic
9
PART
27
A Muslim Balinese Village
44
FOUR
55
Irrigation Associations and the Organization of Production
63
Further Variations in Village Organization
76
The Problem of Variation
92
PART THREE
107
Kings Courts Castes and the Bali
221
The Modern Sector
236
A Sorcery View of Social Relations
249
PART FIVE
269
So Many Concerns
286
Coherence Hegemony and Productivity in Knowledge
305
Love Freedom and the Multivalency of Public Symbols
324
PART
337

Family Marriage and Making a Living in Pagatepan
126
Factionalism in Prabakula
146
PART FOUR
175
BaliHinduism as a Tradition of Knowledge
191

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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


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