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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
[A]n enjoyable and stimulating book.
— Geoffrey Samuel
Contemporary South Asia
Priests and Programmers is written with admirable clarity and should be of interest . . . to anybody working on applied social research.
— Michael Hitchcock
Technology and Culture
[B]rilliant and delightful. . . . [N]ot only has [Lansing] written a superb book, but he has contributed materially and humanely to the quality of life of the people he has studied. Too few scholars can make this claim.
— Bryan Pfaffenberger
Missiology
This is fascinating cultural anthropology, even history of religions.
— Edward H. Schroeder
Journal of Asian Studies - Geoffrey Samuel
[A]n enjoyable and stimulating book.
Contemporary South Asia - Michael Hitchcock
Priests and Programmers is written with admirable clarity and should be of interest . . . to anybody working on applied social research.
Technology and Culture - Bryan Pfaffenberger
[B]rilliant and delightful. . . . [N]ot only has [Lansing] written a superb book, but he has contributed materially and humanely to the quality of life of the people he has studied. Too few scholars can make this claim.
Missiology - Edward H. Schroeder
This is fascinating cultural anthropology, even history of religions.
From the Publisher
"[A]n enjoyable and stimulating book."—Geoffrey Samuel, Journal of Asian Studies

"Priests and Programmers is written with admirable clarity and should be of interest . . . to anybody working on applied social research."—Michael Hitchcock, Contemporary South Asia

"[B]rilliant and delightful. . . . [N]ot only has [Lansing] written a superb book, but he has contributed materially and humanely to the quality of life of the people he has studied. Too few scholars can make this claim."—Bryan Pfaffenberger, Technology and Culture

"This is fascinating cultural anthropology, even history of religions."—Edward H. Schroeder, Missiology

Contemporary South Asia
Priests and Programmers is written with admirable clarity and should be of interest . . . to anybody working on applied social research.
— Michael Hitchcock
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691130668
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Stephen Lansing is a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and in the departments of Anthropology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. He is the author of "Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali" (Princeton).

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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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