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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The geographical location of these different types is important.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. It principal thesis is that many centuries of intensifying wet-rice cultivation in Indonesia had produced greater social complexity without significant geerrtz or political change, a process Geertz terms “involution”.

This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat 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.


Retrieved from ” https: 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. Critics have attacked Geertz’s ideas in a number of places, and some of his conclusions are now considered doubtful.

Clifford Geertz

If nothing else, it will be remembered for the coining of the term “agricultural involution”. Of particular note is Geertz’s discussion of what he famously describes as the process of “agricultural involution”. Geertz’s thesis is that this process was tied up with geeryz development of sugar as a smallholder cash crop complementary with rice production.

Swidden is also known as slash and burn and sawah lnvolution irrigated rice paddy. 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.

Agricultural Involution is invoolution of the earlier works of a very influential writer: January External links: What this amounted was increasing the labour intensity in the paddies, increasing output per area but not increasing output per head.


Agricultural Involution by Clifford Geertz – Paperback – University of California Press

The two dominant forms of agriculture are geertx and sawah. Of Approximate Truths and Moral Judgments ” “. This involved putting even more labour into paddy field cultivation, increasing per hectare output while maintaining per capita output. Having looked at the agricultural system the book turns to an examination of the systems historical development.

Agricultural Involution (Clifford Geertz) – book review

Views Read Edit View history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Written for a particular US-funded project on the local developments [1] and involufion the modernisation theory of Walt Whitman RostowGeertz examines in this book the agricultural system in Indonesia.

The Process of Ecological Change 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.

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