Geertz C. Agricultural involution: the processes of ecological change in Indonesia . Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, p. Agricultural Involution: the processes of ecological change in Indonesia, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California/London: University of California. Agricultural involution: the process of ecological change in Indonesia. by Geertz, Clifford. Publication date Topics Agriculture, Agricultura, Ecologie.
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It principal thesis is that many centuries of intensifying wet-rice cultivation in Indonesia had produced greater social complexity without significant technological or political change, a process Geertz terms “involution”. January External links: If nothing else, it will be remembered for the coining of the term “agricultural involution”.
Of particular note is Geertz’s discussion of gerrtz he famously describes as the process of “agricultural involution”. Geertz’s thesis is that this process was tied up with the development of sugar as a smallholder cash crop complementary with rice production.
This is his description of the process in Java where both the external economic demands of the Dutch rulers and the internal pressures due to population growth led to intensification rather than change.
Retrieved from ” https: The Process of Ecological Change in Indonesia. Late in his career, Geertz reflected that the book had become an “orphan,” widely read and criticized without reference to his larger body of work. Agriculturla Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Agricultural Involution is one of the earlier works of a very influential writer: Views Read Edit View history.
Agricultural Involution (Clifford Geertz) – book review
It then looks at the historical development of Indonesian agriculture, and in particular the process of “agricultural involution”, where the Javanese economy, faced with external pressure from the economic demands of the Dutch colonial regime and internal pressure from rapidly increasing population, intensified existing forms of agriculture rather than changing.
But this work is still necessary reading for anyone interested in Indonesian agriculture, as well as being a good introduction to the economic history of Indonesia. This involved putting even more labour into paddy field cultivation, increasing per hectare output while maintaining per capita output.
This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Swidden is also known as slash and burn and sawah is irrigated rice paddy.
Agricultural involution : the process of ecological change in Indonesia
Of Approximate Truths and Moral Judgments ” “. Critics have attacked Geertz’s ideas in a number of places, and some of his conclusions are now considered doubtful. Written for a particular US-funded project on the local developments  and following the modernisation theory of Walt Whitman RostowGeertz examines in this book the agricultural system in Indonesia.
Sawah is the dominant form in both Java and Bali where nearly three quarters of Indonesia’s population live and swidden more common in the less central regions.