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R. van Albada and Theodore G.Th. Pigeaud

Ruim 90 miljoen mensen spreken Javaans. Het Javaans is de grootste streektaal van Indonesië. Dit woordenboek is een een uitbreiding van de uitgave van 2007, die ongeveer 6.000 nieuwe woorden en vertalingen bevatte. In deze druk zijn dat er circa 20.500. Het aantal artikelen is gegroeid tot meer dan 55.000. Daarmee overtreft dit woordenboek alle tot op heden verschenen Javaanse woordenboeken.
In de huidige uitgave zijn alle spreektaalopnames uit 1996 verwerkt, steekproeven van dialecten uit gebieden die reiken van Serang in het westen tot Malang in het oosten. Verder zijn er romanteksten in verwerkt en stukken poëzie, vooral uit het gedicht Centhini.Tenslotte zijn de inzendingen van een romanwedstrijd uit 2010 allemaal in het woordenboek verwerkt.
Een ander belangrijk verschil met de vorige druk is dat alle artikelen nu op grondwoord gesorteerd staan, zoals gebruikelijk in een wetenschappelijk woordenboek. Veel gebruikers vinden dit prettiger dan de methode-Pigeaud waar bij woorden met een voorvoegsel eenvoudig onder de beginletter van dat voorvoegsel stonden. Nu staat bijvoorbeeld panerus onder het grondwoord, terus. Waar dat voor de gebruiker onduidelijkheid zou kunnen geven, staat een verwijzing, zodat ook de beginnende javanicus gemakkelijk iets kan opzoeken.

At the Edges of States

Dynamics of State Formation in the Indonesian Borderlands


Michael Eilenberg

Set in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, this study explores the shifting relationships between border communities and the state along the political border with East Malaysia. The book rests on the premise that remote border regions offer an exciting study arena that can tell us important things about how marginal citizens relate to their nation-state.
The basic assumption is that central state authority in the Indonesian borderlands has never been absolute, but waxes and wanes, and state rules and laws are always up for local interpretation and negotiation. In its role as key symbol of state sovereignty, the borderland has become a place were central state authorities are often most eager to govern and exercise power. But as illustrated, the borderland is also a place were state authority is most likely to be challenged, questioned and manipulated as border communities often have multiple loyalties that transcend state borders and contradict imaginations of the state as guardians of national sovereignty and citizenship.
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Contemporary Indonesian Film

Spirits of Reform and Ghosts from the Past


Katinka van Heeren

This highly informative book explores the world of Post-Soeharto Indonesian audio-visual media in the exiting era of Reform. From a multidisciplinary approach it considers a wide variety of issues such as mainstream and alternative film practices, ceremonial and independent film festivals, film piracy, history and horror, documentary, television soaps, and Islamic films, as well as censorship from the state and street. Through the perspective of discourses on, and practices of film production, distribution, and exhibition, this book gives a detailed insight into current issues of Indonesia’s social and political situation, where Islam, secular realities, and ghosts on and off screen, mingle or clash.
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Max Richter

Musical Worlds in Yogyakarta is an ethnographic account of a vibrant Indonesian city during the turbulent early post-Soeharto years. The book examines musical performance in public contexts ranging from the street and neighbourhood through to commercial venues and state environments such as Yogyakarta’s regional parliament, its military institutions, universities and the Sultan’s palace. It focuses on the musical tastes and practices of street workers, artists, students and others. From street-corner jam sessions to large-scale concerts, a range of genres emerge that cohere around notions of campursari (“mixed essences”) and jalanan (“of the street”).
Musical Worlds in Yogyakarta addresses themes of social identity and power, counterpoising Pierre Bourdieu’s theories on class, gender and nation with the author’s alternative perspectives of inter-group social capital, physicality and grounded cosmopolitanism. The author argues that Yogyakarta is exemplary of how everyday people make use of music to negotiate issues of power and at the same time promote peace and intergroup appreciation in culturallydiverse inner-city settings.
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Nuaulu Religious Practices

The Frequency and Reproduction of Rituals in Moluccan Society


Roy F. Ellen

How religious practices are reproduced has become a major theoretical issue. This work examines data on Nuaulu ritual performances collected over a 30 year period, comparing different categories of event in terms of frequency and periodicity. It seeks to identify the influencing factors and the consequences for continuity.
Such an approach enables a focus on related issues: variation in performance, how rituals change in relation to material and social conditions, the connections between different ritual types, the way these interact as cycles, and the extent to which fidelity of transmission is underpinned by a common model or repertoire of elements.
This monograph brings to completion a long-term study of the religious behaviour of the Nuaulu, a people of the island of Seram in the Indonesian province of Maluku. Ethnographically, it is important for several reasons: the Nuaulu are one of the few animist societies remaining on Seram; the data emphasize patterns of practices in a part of Indonesia where studies have hitherto been more concerned with meaning and symbolic classification; and because Nuaulu live in an area where recent political tension has been between Christians and Muslims. Nuaulu are, paradoxically, both caught between these two groups, and apart from them.
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Regime Change and Ethnic Politics in Indonesia

Dayak Politics of West Kalimantan


Taufiq Tanasaldy

When the Indonesian New Order regime fell in 1998, regional politics with strong ethnic content emerged across the country. In West Kalimantan the predominant feature was particularly that of the Dayaks. This surge, however, was not unprecedented. After centuries of occupying a subordinate place in the political and social hierarchy under the nominal rule of the Malay sultanates, Dayaks became involved in an enthusiastic political emancipation movement from 1945.
The Dayaks secured the governorship as well as the majority of the regional executive head positions before they were shunned by the New Order regime. This book examines the development of Dayak politics in West Kalimantan from the colonial times until the first decade of the 21th century. It asks how and why Dayak politics has experienced drastic changes since 1945. It will look at the effect of regime change, the role of the individual leaders and organizations, the experience of marginalization, and conflicts on the course of Dayaks politics. It will also examine ethnic relations and recent political development up to 2010 in the province.
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Cleanliness and Culture

Indonesian Histories


Edited by C. (Kees) van Dijk and Jean Gelman Taylor

Recent years have shown an increase in interest in the study of cleanliness from a historical and sociological perspective. Many of such studies on bathing and washing, on keeping the body and the streets clean, and on filth and the combat of dirt, focus on Europe.
In Cleanliness and Culture attention shifts to the tropics, to Indonesia, in colonial times as well as in the present. Subjects range from the use of soap and the washing of clothes as a pretext to claim superiority of race and class to how references to being clean played a role in a campaign against European homosexuals in the Netherlands Indies at the end of the 1930s. Other topics are eerie skin diseases and the sanitary measures to eliminate them, and how misconceptions about lack of hygiene as the cause of illness hampered the finding of a cure. Attention is also drawn to differences in attitude towards performing personal body functions outdoors and retreating to the privacy of the bathroom, to traditional bathing ritual and to the modern tropical Spa culture as a manifestation of a New Asian lifestyle.
With contributions by Bart Barendregt, Marieke Bloembergen, Kees van Dijk, Mary Somers Heidhues, David Henley, George Quinn, and Jean Gelman Taylor.
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Edited by Daniel Leese

Brill's Encyclopedia of China (see also is a convenient thousand-page reference on China from its early beginnings, with a clear focus on the modern period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 21st century. Arranged in alphabetical order, it covers the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China. All contributions are written by an international team of European, Asian, Australian and American experts, carefully selected from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Originally published and warmly received in German (edited by the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, published by WBG, Darmstadt, 2003), this English translation, including a statistical data update, will serve both English-language students and faculty in conveniently providing a wealth of reliable and solid information on China. With illustrations, maps, tables, ample indices and bibliographies.

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The Philippines through European Lenses

Late 19th-Century Photographs from the Meerkamp van Embden Collection

Otto van den Muijzenberg

Photographs of the Philippines during the nineteenth century have increasingly become accessible to the public through exhibits and publications. This present collection was made by P.K.A. Meerkamp van Embden, a Dutch businessman who later served as honorary consul of the Netherlands from 1889 to 1927. The years covered by his photographs witnessed the increasing integration of the Philippines into the world economy, the 1896 Revolution and the violent change of sovereignty from Spanish to American. The photographs are thus significant as a Dutchman’s perspective on a watershed period in Philippine history. The subjects are varied: the people, streets and homes of Ermita, where Meerkamp resided; the abaca trade; Romblon and Cebu. An added bonus are photographs of the peoples of the Cordillera by Dr. Alexander Schadenberg. The text that ties together the ensemble was written by Dr. Otto van den Muijzenberg, a Dutch anthropologist who has spent years doing fieldwork in the Philippines and has a deep knowledge of its culture and history.

Snellen om namen

De Marind Anim van Nieuw-Guinea door de ogen van de missionarissen van het Heilige Hart, 1905-1925

Raymond Corbey

In 1905 stichtten de Tilburgse Missionarissen van het Heilig Hart hun eerste missiepost bij de Marind Anim aan de zuidwestkust van Nieuw-Guinea. Ze werden getuige van de snelle, dramatische teloorgang van een oude cultuur, waarvan ze de diepzinnige kosmologie, de complexe initiatieceremonies, de spectaculaire kunst en de intensieve koppensnellerij gedetailleerd vastlegden in woord en beeld. ‘Het zijn echte mensen, verstandige mensen, met een heerlijke taal, ongeschreven literatuur, smaak voor het goede en schone’, schreef de ene missionaris. ‘Hoe diep, onpeilbaar diep de mensen hier gevallen zijn’, ‘walgelijk’, ‘beesten zijn er nog achtenswaardig bij’, schreef een andere. Verbijstering en fascinatie, bestrijding en bestudering gingen hand in hand.
Raymond Corbey kreeg toestemming de bijzondere foto’s uit het archief van de congregatie te publiceren. Met deze ruimschoots toegelichte, unieke foto’s vormt Snellen om namen een document voor iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in de geschiedenis en cultuur van Nieuw-Guinea.