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Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia (Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning & Memory)

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Art as Politics explores the intersection of art, identity politics, and tourism in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Based on long-term ethnographic research from the 1980s to the present, the book offers a nuanced portrayal of the Sa'dan Toraja, a predominantly Christian minority group in the world's most populous Muslim country. Celebrated in anthropological and tourism literatures ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by University of Hawaii Press
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Mar 14, 2013 K rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anthropology students & those interested in Southeast Asia
My aim was to write it in a style that would be accessible to an undergraduate audience, yet still convey the nuances and complexities of life in the Toraja highlands in the 1990s and early 2000s I've created a Facebook page to accompany the book (the title of the page is the same as the book). Additional photos can be found there. Those who "like" the book's Facebook page will receive occasional updates when I post recent photos and news from return field research visits to the Toraja highland ...more
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This is a great book for seeing how anthropologists work, and for learning about Indonesian art, architecture and the effects of tourism.
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Kathleen Adams (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a socio-cultural anthropologist who writes about Southeast Asia, heritage, the cultural aspects of tourism, and the arts. She was a Fulbright researcher in Indonesia and ha conducted long-term research in the Toraja highlands of Sulawesi. She also has research experience on the Indonesian island of Alor, in Singapore and in San Juan Capistrano, C ...more
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