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Negara: The Theatre State in Nineteenth-Century Bali

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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 i
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 21st 1981 by Princeton University Press (first published 1980)
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Dapatnya malah di Karisma Batam. Sempat tidak yakin mengenai cerita tentang buku ini. Akhirnya setelah konsultasi dengan seorang teman, benar buku ini yang salah satu ceritanya adalah tertangkapnya Geerzt saat nonton sabung ayam di Bali.

Bayangkan, untuk menghasilkan buku ini penulisnya harus layak diuber-uber polisi dan mendekam di sel barang sebentar. Kalau saja Geertz menulis buku ini di tahun belakangan ini, tentunya dia sudah jadi bahan buat Bang Joe di acaranya yang mengupas kriminalitas da
Vivienne Kruger
Feb 21, 2016 Vivienne Kruger rated it it was amazing
Geertz, a social anthropologist at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, is a prolific scholar on Balinese and Indonesian political and state organization. "Negara" is a Sanskrit word which originally meant "town"; in Bahasa Indonesia it now signifies nation or realm--the seat of political authority. Its opposite is "desa," the village, place, region, or governed area. Between these two contrasting poles-negara and desa-the classical polity developed. In his search for the "n ...more
Anjanette Mapp
Jan 28, 2015 Anjanette Mapp rated it it was ok
The review states that the title, "Negara," is in Indonesian. I have never heard of such a language. However, the appellation "negara" is eerily similar to an expression in quite a few Indo-Aryan and Sino-Tibetan languages that instructs the recipient to "leave off of such misbehavior." Perhaps Geertz' idealization and perpetuation of the so-called "theatre-state" garnered this title from a colleague or offended associate. Assigned this book in a sociolinguistic course at the university level, I ...more
Negara dalam konteks Bali menurut Geertz, penulis yang merupakan ahli antropologi, adalah "negara teater" yang diperintah melalui ritual dan simbol-simbol. Sangat sulit bagi saya untuk membaca dan menyerap buku ini dengan cepat, dengan banyaknya kerangka studi sejarah, etnografis, sosiologis yang dipaparkan...
Jan 25, 2014 Paula added it
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I remember very little about this -- I read it for school. because I was just burning through it at the time, I can't give it a fair rating. I should read it again. But it does contain one of my favorite quotes: "One of the most significant facts about us may finally be that we all begin with the natural equipment to live a thousand kinds of lives, but end in the end having lived only one."
Gede Budi Suprayoga
Jan 26, 2013 Gede Budi Suprayoga rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting interpretation of a society cultural life, Balinese, before the Dutch invasion. I really admire Prof. Geertz's knowledge and his intellectual work in capturing and articulating every aspect of the society.

This book is full with description and facts that support the thesis. The Theatre State depicts the mental structure of Balinese expressed in social and religious ceremony and their devotion to their King. A complex social structure is also designed to maintain soci
Qi Xiang
Jun 22, 2014 Qi Xiang rated it it was ok
First three chapters, which were mind-numbingly boring, were too long. The interesting last two chapters (Chapter 4 and Conclusion) were too short. The boring parts perhaps could not have been written in any other way. How exciting can describing social, political and economic structures be? So, I don't blame Geertz. It's just the ethnographic/anthropological field at work. The second portion which examines and reads rituals, is interesting, though too coherent to be true. I don't know enough ab ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Smoothw rated it really liked it
A description of society stranger than most science fiction or fantasy novels, endlessly repeating and overlapping hierarchies meant to represent the underlying cosmic order, forever quarreling kings without the possibility of ever achieving permanent power, elaborate treaties really written to give an excuse to break them.
Eli Jacobs
Jun 03, 2008 Eli Jacobs rated it liked it
this book is great, but i found it fairly boring. i probably need to go back and look at it again.
Jan 31, 2008 Yokonita rated it it was amazing
fantastic narrative of cremation ritual
Amazing Book...
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Clifford James Geertz was an American anthropologist and served until his death as professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
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