Fetish, Recognition, Revolution / Edition 1
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Fetish, Recognition, Revolution / Edition 1

by James T. Siegel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691026521

ISBN-13: 9780691026527

Pub. Date: 02/14/1997

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book concerns the role of language in the Indonesian revolution. James Siegel, an anthropologist with long experience in various parts of that country, traces the beginnings of the Indonesian revolution, which occurred from 1945 through 1949 and which ended Dutch colonial rule, to the last part of the nineteenth century. At that time, the peoples of the Dutch

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This book concerns the role of language in the Indonesian revolution. James Siegel, an anthropologist with long experience in various parts of that country, traces the beginnings of the Indonesian revolution, which occurred from 1945 through 1949 and which ended Dutch colonial rule, to the last part of the nineteenth century. At that time, the peoples of the Dutch East Indies began to translate literature from most places in the world. Siegel discovers in that moment a force within communication more important than the specific messages it conveyed. The subsequent containment of this linguistic force he calls the "fetish of modernity," which, like other fetishes, was thought to be able to compel events. Here, the event is the recognition of the bearer of the fetish as a person of the modern world.

The taming of this force in Indonesian nationalism and the continuation of its wild form in the revolution are the major subjects of the book. Its material is literature from Indonesian and Dutch as well as first-person accounts of the revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691026527
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/14/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Pt. IThe Fetish of Appearance
Ch. 1The "I" of a Lingua Franca13
Ch. 2What Did Not Happen to Indonesians38
Ch. 3Fetishizing Appearance, or Is "I" a Criminal?54
Pt. IIRecognition
Ch. 4Student Hidjau and The Feeling of Freedom97
Ch. 5Scandal, Women, Authors, and Sino-Malay Nationalism115
Ch. 6Love Sick, or the Failures of the Fetish and of Translation134
Ch. 7The Wish for Hierarchy161
Pt. IIIRevolution
Ch. 8Collaboration and Cautious Rebellion183
Ch. 9Revolution208
Epilogue231
Notes255

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