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Book Review: J. Stephen Lansing, Perfect order; Recognizing complexity in Bali. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2006, xii + 225 pp. ISBN 9780691027272. Price: USD 39.95 (hardback).

Warren, C. (2009) Book Review: J. Stephen Lansing, Perfect order; Recognizing complexity in Bali. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2006, xii + 225 pp. ISBN 9780691027272. Price: USD 39.95 (hardback). Bijdragen tot de Taal- Land- en Volkenkunde, 165 (1). pp. 177-180.

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Abstract

Undoubtedly the most contested issue in the ethnographic literature on Bali is the interpretation of the hierarchic and egalitarian features of this indisputably complex society. Stephen Lansing 19s Perfect order; Recognizing complexity in Bali is a multi-disciplinary and ethnographically rich exploration of this theme. It is an important study, not only for its effort to grasp the dynamics of Balinese society in its ecological context, but more generally for providing insight into the variety of ways that vertical and horizontal relationships articulate in practical adaptation to the vicissitudes of the environment and of community life.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: KITLV Press
Publishers Website: http://www.kitlv-journals.nl/index.php/btlv/index
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12432
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