By Peter R. Goethals

Post-colonial social and political switch on the village point has been an enormous carrying on with curiosity of the Cornell smooth Indonesia undertaking. within the village stories it has subsidized specific recognition has been given to the lodgement of strength, political association, and the strategies through which judgements are made.

Relatively short surveys of 2 to 3 months by way of 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 experiences intensive by way of 4 social anthropologists. those stories were undertaken in vital Java, in West Java (one close to Bogor and one close to Sumedang) and Sumbawa, respectively by way of Dr. Koentjaraningrat, Dr. Gerald Williams, Andrea Wilcox Palmer, and Dr. Peter Goethals.

The facts accrued and analysed in those reviews could be of curiosity to the political scientist and sociologist attracted to Indonesia in addition to to the anthropologist. In view of the significant components of universal situation within the study of those 4 anthropologists, it really is our desire that their info will allow a few significant comparability and that the importance of a few in their findings can have a relevance transcending the Indonesian scene and end up invaluable to social scientists operating in different areas.

In any case there will be doubtless as to the intrinsic worth of
Dr. Goethals’ examine and of its value to social scientists of no matter what self-discipline who're focused on modern Indonesia. dependent upon years of extensive examine in western Sumbawa, his is the 1st of the village stories extensive to seem within the Cornell glossy Indonesia Project’s Monograph sequence. - George McT. Kahin, August 1961

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