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Village and state in Bali

Warren, C.ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-4637 (1991) Village and state in Bali. In: Geertz, H., (ed.) State and society in Bali: Historical, textual and anthropological approaches. KITLV Press, Leiden, The Netherlands.


This well-chosen and skilfully edited collection of papers is a milestone in the study of Southeast Asian states. The book is a tangible expression of informal and sustained communication for more than a decade among scholars who have concerned themselves with understanding the compelling empirical material about Bali in the light of theories of Southeast Asian states. The papers shed light on the historical transformation of local institutions and cultural forms and thereby enhance our understanding of the condition of post-modernity and its antecedents in these societies, of which Bali is a well-studied example.

In her introduction, the editor, Hildred Geertz, alerts the reader to the importance each contributor places on engaging with Balinese perspectives and Balinese representations, in an effort to come to an understanding of the political processes that constituted state and society at various points in Balinese history. Reification of 'the state' has been avoided, in favour of an approach which moves inductively from the ethnographic, historical and textual material to connect with current theories about the production and reading of texts, the politics of ritual representation, the colonial experience and the emergence of the nation-state, and the articulation of local communities with more embracing governmental structures.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: KITLV Press
Notes: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; Vol. 146
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