Priests and Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali / Edition 2

Priests and Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali / Edition 2

by J. Stephen Lansing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691130663

ISBN-13: 9780691130668

Pub. Date: 04/09/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130668
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/09/2007
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,028,071
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures xi

List of Tables xiii

Foreword xv

Preface to the 2007 Edition xix

Acknowledgments xxxi

Introduction: The Gods of the Countryside 1

Chapter One: "Income to Which No Tears Are Attached" 17

Chapter Two: The Powers of Water 37

Chapter Three: The Waters of Power 50

Chapter Four: The Temple of the Crater Lake 73

Chapter Six: Massive Guidance 111

Conclusion: Sociogensis 127

Afterword by Valerio Valeri 134

Appendix A: Plan of the Temple of the Crater lake 145

Appendic B: Technical Report on the Ecological Simulation Model by James N. Kremer 153

Notes 159

Index 181

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