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Negara: The Theatre State in 19th Century Bali

Negara: The Theatre State in 19th Century Bali

by Clifford Geertz, Geertz Clifford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691007780

ISBN-13: 9780691007786

Pub. Date: 01/01/1981

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Combining great learning, interpretative originality, analytical sensitivity, and a charismatic prose style, Clifford Geertz has produced a lasting body of work with influence throughout the humanities and social sciences, and remains the foremost anthropologist in America.

His 1980 book Negara analyzed the social organization of Bali before it was colonized by

Overview

Combining great learning, interpretative originality, analytical sensitivity, and a charismatic prose style, Clifford Geertz has produced a lasting body of work with influence throughout the humanities and social sciences, and remains the foremost anthropologist in America.

His 1980 book Negara analyzed the social organization of Bali before it was colonized by the Dutch in 1906. Here Geertz applied his widely influential method of cultural interpretation to the myths, ceremonies, rituals, and symbols of a precolonial state. He found that the nineteenth-century Balinese state defied easy conceptualization by the familiar models of political theory and the standard Western approaches to understanding politics.

Negara means "country" or "seat of political authority" in Indonesian. In Bali Geertz found negara to be a "theatre state," governed by rituals and symbols rather than by force. The Balinese state did not specialize in tyranny, conquest, or effective administration. Instead, it emphasized spectacle. The elaborate ceremonies and productions the state created were "not means to political ends: they were the ends themselves, they were what the state was for.... Power served pomp, not pomp power." Geertz argued more forcefully in Negara than in any of his other books for the fundamental importance of the culture of politics to a society.

Much of Geertz's previous work—including his world-famous essay on the Balinese cockfight—can be seen as leading up to the full portrait of the "poetics of power" that Negara so vividly depicts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691007786
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1981
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,052,769
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Introduction Bali and Historical Method3
Chapter 1Political Definition: The Sources of Order
The Myth of the Exemplary Center11
Geography and the Balance of Power19
Chapter 2Political Anatomy: The Internal Organization of the Ruling Class
Descent Groups and Sinking Status26
Clientship34
Alliance39
Chapter 3Political Anatomy: The Village and the State
The Village Polity45
The Perbekel System54
The Politics of Irrigation68
The Forms of Trade87
Chapter 4Political Statement: Spectacle and Ceremony
The Symbology of Power98
The Palace as Temple109
Cremation and the Struggle for Status116
Conclusion Bali and Political Theory121
Notes137
Glossary259
Bibliography267
Index289

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