Aspects of Local Government in a Sumbawan Village by Peter R. Goethals

By Peter R. Goethals

Post-colonial social and political swap on the village point has been an important carrying on with curiosity of the Cornell smooth Indonesia venture. within the village reports it has backed specific consciousness has been given to the lodgement of energy, political association, and the tactics during which judgements are made.

Relatively short surveys of 2 to 3 months through Indonesian graduate scholars in the course of 1955-1956 in twenty-three villages on Java and fourteen on Sumatra helped set the degree for next reports extensive by way of 4 social anthropologists. those experiences were undertaken in primary Java, in West Java (one close to Bogor and one close to Sumedang) and Sumbawa, respectively via Dr. Koentjaraningrat, Dr. Gerald Williams, Andrea Wilcox Palmer, and Dr. Peter Goethals.

The info accrued and analysed in those experiences might be of curiosity to the political scientist and sociologist attracted to Indonesia in addition to to the anthropologist. In view of the large parts of universal situation within the study of those 4 anthropologists, it truly is our wish that their facts will let a few significant comparability and that the importance of a few in their findings can have a relevance transcending the Indonesian scene and turn out precious to social scientists operating in different areas.

In any case there will be without doubt as to the intrinsic worth of
Dr. Goethals’ learn and of its importance to social scientists of no matter what self-discipline who're keen on modern Indonesia. established upon years of extensive learn in western Sumbawa, his is the 1st of the village experiences extensive to seem within the Cornell glossy Indonesia Project’s Monograph sequence. - George McT. Kahin, August 1961

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