Bali's Silent Crisis: Desire, Tragedy, and Transition by Jeff Lewis

By Jeff Lewis

Bali and Balinese tradition became principal to western imaginings of 'the east.' besides its common attractiveness and tropical sensuality, Bali's wealthy and intricate tradition has proved intensely pleasing for western artists, students, and tourists. even if, as this aesthetic imagining and wish for good looks have advanced right into a mass tourism undefined, the island humans and their tradition have skilled radical and speedy transformation. whereas many within the foreign neighborhood have been surprised via the horror of the militant bombings in 2002 and 2005, those assaults have been purely the apex of a profound and ongoing hindrance which resonates in the course of the interval of Bali's modernization and engagement with the worldwide financial system of pleasure.

Bali's Silent Crisis examines and elucidates the advanced cultural and political setting of latest Bali. The booklet explains the stipulations of trouble in Bali when it comes to a strong collision of cultural parts and traits, focusing in particular at the double matrix of 'desire' and 'violence' that has characterised Bali's contemporary prior. relocating past an easy competition among 'tradition' and 'the modern', this ebook finds a society that's suffering to reconcile its personal profound aesthetic and experience of historic id with the serious agonisms which are generated via quick social and cultural swap. via its thematic process, Bali's Silent Crisis offers a picture of neighborhood trauma, inventive resilience and pluralization. The e-book files the demanding situations and horrors linked to transition, in addition to the ambitious attractiveness that is still intrinsic to the island's experience of cultural destiny.

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