Staying Local in the Global Village: Bali in the Twentieth by Raechelle Rubinstein, Linda H. Connor

By Raechelle Rubinstein, Linda H. Connor

One of the world's so much intensively studied societies, Bali has hosted students and writers as well known as Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, Miguel Covarrubias, Fred Barth, and Hildred and Clifford Geertz. Staying neighborhood within the worldwide Village is a part of a continual culture within which Balinese and international students give some thought to the tactics of transformation that hyperlink Bali to Indonesia and the area past. The chapters during this quantity are according to examine performed within the early Nineteen Nineties, whilst Suharto's New Order nonetheless loved common legitimacy in Indonesia. Even then, political consensus in Bali was once weakened by way of the population' view of themselves as an exploited minority of Hindus in a state ruled via Islamic Javanese. As this publication unearths, the ambivalent positioning of Balinese vis-à-vis the nationwide and the worldwide in fresh a long time has been performed out in lots of varied spheres of life.

Contributors take in a couple of issues that replicate varied articulations of the neighborhood through the 20th century. Early chapters supply a bird's-eye view of the general public tradition, neighborhood background, definitions of "Balinese-ness," and political struggles over land and sacred area. Later chapters discover particular points of Balinese participation within the adjustments linked to the tourism-dominated provincial economic climate, the expansion of communications and mass media, and the incursions of the geographical region trough its imperatives of financial improvement and rationalist discourses. New varieties of conventional hegemony, prestige struggles over the priesthood, contestation approximately cultural authenticity through marginal teams in the island itself, women's paintings, the acting arts, and tv staring at, are all thought of during this gentle, supplying a hugely nuanced and "local" viewpoint of worldwide methods in Bali.

Contributors: Linda Connor, Mark Hobart, Brett Hough, Graeme MacRae, Ayami Nakatani, Michel Picard, I Gde Pitana, Thomas Reuter, Raechelle Rubinstein, Putu Suasta, Margaret Wiener

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The Patronage of Puri Ubud: 1996  < previous page < previous page page_141 page_142 next page > next page > Page 142 to the conventional. The local ritual leader (bendesa adat), a young man I knew from his frequent presence in Ubud assisting with ritual matters at the puri, was there again and I asked him about it. The previous (reversed) orientation, he said, had been wrong: it was appropriate only in the Wos Valley. This had been explained to him by Cokorda "A" who had offered to "help" them rebuild it the right way round.

Bakker, the only sign of growth over the years 1933Â 1934 was in the number of tourists visiting the island, which rose from 1,795 to 2,139 (1937:290). While the majority of these visitors were on three-day tours of the island, a proportion were longer-term sojourners, many of them visiting Walter Spies in Ubud. Although not great in number, they tended to be reasonably well heeled and lived in a style requiring the employment of considerable amounts of local labor. Sixty years later there are a few old men who remember working for Spies or his friends and several more who were associated with the prominent Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet who returned to Bali for several years after independence.

The members of Puri Ubud, however, were not the only ones suffering during this period: for the ordinary people the extraordinarily high rates of taxation were a constant burden. 19 Contrary to foreign perceptions of Bali during the 1930s, many of which originated in Ubud (for example, Bateson 1973; Covarrubias  < previous page < previous page page_132 page_133 next page > next page > Page 133 1972), the depression years were a time of real hardship clearly remembered today by those old enough.

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