Clifford Geertz, 1926-2006: Meaning, method, and Indonesian economic history

Elson, R. E. (2007) Clifford Geertz, 1926-2006: Meaning, method, and Indonesian economic history. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 43 2: 251-263. doi:10.1080/00074910701408081

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Author Elson, R. E.
Title Clifford Geertz, 1926-2006: Meaning, method, and Indonesian economic history
Journal name Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-7234
Publication date 2007-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00074910701408081
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 251
End page 263
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract Clifford Geertz was best known for his pioneering excursions into symbolic or interpretive anthropology, especially in relation to Indonesia. Less well recognised are his stimulating explorations of the modern economic history of Indonesia. His thinking on the interplay of economics and culture was most fully and vigorously expounded in Agricultural Involution. That book deployed a succinctly packaged past in order to solve a pressing contemporary puzzle, Java's enduring rural poverty and apparent social immobility. Initially greeted with acclaim, later and ironically the book stimulated the deep and multi-layered research that in fact led to the eventual rejection of Geertz's central contentions. But the veracity or otherwise of Geertz's inventive characterisation of Indonesian economic development now seems irrelevant; what is profoundly important is the extraordinary stimulus he gave to a generation of scholars to explore Indonesia's modern economic history with a depth and intensity previously unimaginable.
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