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'Digging up culture' : an ethnography of culture & civilisation in Minahasa, Indonesia

Rochelle, Bryan

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Since Johann Herder's original eighteenth-century use of the concept culture to critique civilisation's universalising trajectory, the concepts culture and civilisation have evolved in relations of interdependent and complementary opposition, in diverse contexts over time. This thesis explores the development of the relationship between these two concepts, linking their evolution within anthropological thought to the historical and contemporary contexts of their usage in Minahasa, northern...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorRochelle, Bryan
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-22T00:06:17Z
dc.date.available2018-11-22T00:06:17Z
dc.date.copyright2009
dc.date.created2009
dc.identifier.otherb2519482
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/150664
dc.description.abstractSince Johann Herder's original eighteenth-century use of the concept culture to critique civilisation's universalising trajectory, the concepts culture and civilisation have evolved in relations of interdependent and complementary opposition, in diverse contexts over time. This thesis explores the development of the relationship between these two concepts, linking their evolution within anthropological thought to the historical and contemporary contexts of their usage in Minahasa, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The role of culture and civilisation is examined in both colonial and post-colonial contexts, within discourses promulgated by church and state, and everyday discourse. The geneaology of their usage is traced through nineteenth century missionary and colonial administrative discourse in Minahasa, when civilisation was a key utilitarian concept, into the twentieth-century attention to culture within discourses of Indonesian nationalism and the GMIM (The Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa) in northern Sulawesi. This thesis examines how the people of the town of Lolah, within Minahasa, use contemporary Indonesian equivalents of the culture-civilisation nexus -the concepts kebudayaan and moderen to make sense of, and orient themselves, in their negotiation of socio-economic, spiritual and cultural change. This is explored through my informants' reflections upon historical processes of change, and contemporary efforts to reconcile certain cultural traditions -articulated as menggali kembali budaya (to dig up and bring back culture) - with a modern Christian worldview. This thesis considers how the concepts culture and civilisation, in complementary opposition, have developed as technologies of the self, related to the development of pastoral power, in the production of civilised/modern, Christian subjects in Minahasa. In this context, culture and civilisation are appreciated as concepts with meta-effects, meaningfully realised in everyday life, producing what they delimit and define: culture and civilisation.
dc.format.extentxvi, 358 leaves
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subject.lccDS632.M38 R63 2009
dc.subject.lcshMinahasa (Indonesian people)
dc.subject.lcshEthnology Indonesia Minahasa
dc.subject.lcshMinahasa (Indonesia) Civilization
dc.title'Digging up culture' : an ethnography of culture & civilisation in Minahasa, Indonesia
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.description.notesThesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationAustralian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d5e76f3a5e9e
dc.date.updated2018-11-21T02:12:12Z
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