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Balinese Worlds

ISBN-10: 0226038343
ISBN-13: 9780226038346
Edition: 1993 (Reprint)
Authors: Fredrik Barth
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Fredrik Barth is research fellow at the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and professor of anthropology at Boston University. Andre Gingrich is professor in the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Robert Parkin is departmental lecturer in social anthropology at Oxford University. Sydel Silverman is president emerita of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and professor emerita of anthropology at the City University of New York.Fredrik Barth is research fellow at the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and professor of anthropology at Boston University. Andre Gingrich is professor in the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Robert Parkin is departmental lecturer in social anthropology at Oxford University. Sydel Silverman is president emerita of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and professor emerita of anthropology at the City University of New York.

Acknowledgments
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
References
Index

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