Priests and Programmers Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali

ISBN-10: 0691130663
ISBN-13: 9780691130668
Edition: 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946

For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds. Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

William C. Clark is Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface to the 2007 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Gods of the Countryside
"Income to Which No Tears Are Attached"
The Powers of Water
The Waters of Power
The Temple of the Crater Lake
Chance Observations and the Metaphysics of Taxation
Massive Guidance
Conclusion: Sociogenesis
Afterword
Plan of the Temple of the Crater Lake
Technical Report on the Ecological Simulation Model
Notes
Index

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